Zahid: IS ‘more dif­fi­cult’ than com­mu­nists

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SIN­GA­PORE: Tack­ling threats from Is­lamic State (IS) is more dif­fi­cult than deal­ing with the com­mu­nist in­sur­gency, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

“We had ex­pe­ri­ence fac­ing the com­mu­nists. This time, we don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said at the Asia-Europe Coun­terT­er­ror­ism Di­a­logue yes­ter­day.

“Shar­ing (of ex­pe­ri­ence) with Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries is lim­ited due to dif­fer­ences in re­li­gious ide­ol­ogy as Malaysia is an Is­lamic coun­try that prac­tises a mod­er­ate ide­ol­ogy.”

Ah­mad Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, was one of the key speak­ers at the di­a­logue and spoke on the topic “New Threat Land­scape in Asia and Europe”.

Ah­mad Zahid said Malaysia was will­ing to share with Europe its de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion mod­ule, which had re­ha­bil­i­tated some 240 de­tainees in the last 10 years.

“It is about 97.5% suc­cess­ful. We have ap­plied our ex­ten­sive knowl­edge in coun­ter­ing sub­ver­sive el­e­ments dur­ing our fight against com­mu­nists to come up with a highly ef­fec­tive pro­gramme.”

Ah­mad Zahid said an In­te­grated De­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion for Ter­ror­ists pro­gramme had been de­vel­oped by the Home Min­istry, Pris­ons Depart­ment and po­lice and is be­ing used in de­rad­i­cal­is­ing ap­pre­hended ter­ror­ists in Malaysia.

“This is a cru­cial time for us to strengthen our co­op­er­a­tion and friend­ship with Europe in en­coun­ter­ing the threat of IS.

“What Asia and Europe have done are only preven­tion ef­forts that are yet to yield re­sults in de­ter­min­ing the root cause of ter­ror­ism,” he said. – Ber­nama

Ah­mad Zahid show­ing Malaysia’s de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion book dur­ing his speech at the di­a­logue yes­ter­day.

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