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Malaysia Offers To Help Europe Reform Terrorists

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia is willing to share with Europe its deradicalisation module which has successfully deradicalised some 240 detainees over the past 10 years, said the De­­puty Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Ha­­mi­­di, who announced this, said the country has a 97.5% success rate with the module.

“We have applied our extensive knowledge in countering subversive elements learned during our fight against the communists to come up with the highly effective programme,” he said in his keynote address at the Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid was one of the key speakers, sharing the stage with Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior Dr Gunter Krings MdB.

They spoke on the topic “New Threat Landscape in Asia and Eu­­­rope”.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the deradica­lisation of terrorists programme was developed by the ministry, Prisons Department and po­­lice.

“It is being used by us to deradicalise apprehended terrorists in Malaysia.

“This is a crucial time for us to strengthen our cooperation and friendship with Europe to counter the IS (Islamic State) threat.

“What Asia and Europe have done so far are only preventive measures, and these have yet to yield results in determining the root causes of terrorism,” he said.

To a question from the floor on when and how the IS threat could be resolved, he said the root causes must first be identified.

“Why is terrorism happening? Why does Islamophobia exists? Islam promotes peace. Anything against it, is not the way of Islam,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid who read out a specific verse in the Quran about peace.

The Deputy Prime Minister also highlighted that Singapore, as a non-Muslim country, treated Mus­lims well.

“The Singapore government is taking good care of the mosques here,” he said.

He said Malaysia as a moderate Muslim country, had a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society living together in peace.

Speaking to reporters later, Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had “nurtured a balanced relationship” with China and the United States.

He added that people-to-people and business ties were flourishing.

“I think it is very subjective for anyone to regard relations as cold or warm. We prefer a balanced relationship with both,” he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid had been asked if Malaysia had a “warmer relations” with China than the United States.

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