MANILA – Malaysia achieved many successes as chair of the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting On Transnational Crime (AMMTC) since 2015, according to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said during the two-year period, Malaysia’s achievements were acknowledged not only by ASEAN member states but also internationally.
“Malaysia is particularly proud of three achievements,” he told Malaysian media after chairing a pre-council meeting with Malaysian senior officials here last night.
The Malaysian delegation led by Ahmad Zahid who is also Home Minister arrived in the Philippines last night for the 11th AMMTC here today.
On Malaysia’s three main achievements as the 10th AMMTC chair, he said the first was acceptance by ASEAN member state of its proposal for the AMMTC conference which was previously held biennially to be held annually beginning this year.
He said Malaysia’s second achievement was the ASEAN Plan of Action in Cross-Border Crime Prevention 2016-2025 which was accepted by ASEAN and currently being undertaken after approval by ASEAN in July 2017.
Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia’s third achievement was its success in initiating the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (Sammrrve) on Oct 2, 2015 which will resume at the 11th AMMTC in Manila.
“This move is in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on movement of foreign terrorist fighters including Daesh.
“The meeting will be continued following developments in Marawi, Philippines since May this year,” he said.
The deputy prime minister said Malaysia would hand over the chair to Philippines tomorrow as host for the meeting after Malaysia.
He is also scheduled to receive a courtesy call from other delegation heads including Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.