M’sia Offers To Share Militant Deradicalisation Programme
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia today offered to share its experience of implementing the militant deradicalisation programme with other countries, particularly those facing conflicts associated with terrorism.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this would be executed in collaboration with the Rabitah Al-Alami Al-Islami (World Muslim League), a non-governmental organisation based in Saudi Arabia.
Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said Malaysia emphasised the fight against terrorism, militancy and extremism not only through policing and military methods but also by addressing the hearts and minds of the militants because the issue was related to misinterpretation of ideology and beliefs.
“We undertake engagement to share our experience in deradicalisation that has achieved a high rate of success, at 97.5 percent,” he said at a press conference after the closing of the Putrajaya International Security Dialogue (PISD) 2018 by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Putrajaya.
The two-day high-profile discourse on international security issues, themed “Wisdom and Moderation in Combating Terrorism”, was organised by the Home Ministry in collaboration with Rabitah Al-Alami Al-Islami. It was attended by more than 1,000 people from 14 countries, including non-Islamic nations.
Asked about Najib’s call to Muslim scholars to craft a roadmap for teaching the Islamic theology of moderation in law and practice to combat terrorism, Zahid said the Home Ministry did not intend to work in a silo to address the issue.
Zahid said the Islamic Consultative Council, of which he was the chairperson, always worked with Islamic scholars and intellectuals in various fields to ensure that ideology and thought veering towards extremism were realigned to the Quran and Hadith.
“All religions have their extremist groups and all religions must work to contain these groups,” he said.