NEW DELHI – India has sought Malaysia’s assistance to combat terrorism as
militancy threat is on the rise, said its Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“This is a challenge that can become a threat to the economy and stability.
As such, it requires other countries to work together and we want to continue
our cooperation with joint anti-terrorism efforts with Malaysia,” he said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Malaysian counterpart
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Modi said he was particularly inspired by Najib’s
own effort to eradicate terrorism.
He said Najib has been an inspiring figure in fighting terrorism and India
wants to tap his experience.
In this regard, Najib, who is here on a six-day official visit, offered
Malaysia’s experience to combat terrorism, adding that it was important to fight
the menace, including against IS (Daesh).
“We must work together to make the world safer. Prime Minister Modi wants to
know our success in eradicating radicalisation and I gave him a book on our
success, and we will provide our experience at a special conference on
terrorism,” he said.
At the same press conference, Najib said the Indian Railway Construction
Company (Ircon) has shown its interest to participate in the new Seremban-Port
Klang railway project.
He said India also showed its interest to buy more palm oil from Malaysia,
while allowing more flights from Malaysia to the country.
On another aspect, Modi said the offering of Ayurveda at Malaysia’s
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was a welcome development.
Last December, India’s National Institute of Ayurveda and UTAR signed an MoU
to enhance cooperation in research and popularisation of Ayurvedic medicine in
The MoU would also enable NIA to assist UTAR in starting a faculty of
Ayurveda for full-fledged Bachelors and Masters degree programmes for Ayurveda