Malaysia is ready to further boost cooperation with countries in counter terrorism efforts including by developing counter-narratives and other programmes. (Photo courtesy of Wisma Putra)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is ready to further boost cooperation with countries in counter terrorism efforts including by developing counter-narratives and other programmes.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia gave its resolute support behind the Global Coalition against Daesh (Islamic State) and welcomed the coalition’s guiding principles in countering the scourge brought on by terrorism, violent terrorism and radicalisation.

"Malaysia undertakes a proactive stance by implementing preventive measures, premised on the country’s comprehensive legal framework and international law, as well as the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"Such a legal framework, followed by strong enforcements through their soft and hard approaches, has shown tangible results.

"These efforts have undermined the various terrorist attempts against the security of the country and the safety of the people," said Anifah in his speech at the Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Kuwait on Tuesday.

At the same time, Anifah said, the record shows that Malaysia’s integrated deradicalisation programme had achieved a tremendously high success rate with the majority of terrorists and extremists now fully rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

After its defeat in the newly-liberated areas of Iraq and Syria, IS had moved their focus and initiative as well as plotted several terrorist attacks, perhaps with new methods and might have shifted their focus to other parts of the world, including Southeast Asia.

"The loss of territory would certainly make digital and virtual communications more important for them in order to spread their false ideology and distorted narratives globally.

"We must stand together in condemning the heinous and abhorrent acts of violence and terrorism in all their forms and manifestations.

"Therefore it is prevalent for us to take the concerted efforts to obliterate their threats, and to counter their deviated and delusional narratives," he said.

Malaysia, Anifah added, held the values of moderation or wasatiyyah.

"It is one of the fundamentally crucial approaches in the deradicalisation efforts and countering Daesh distorted narratives."

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