PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as a block, is capable of handling the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said all the 10 Asean-member nations would announce a joint-stand on the threat at the meeting of the Defence Ministers in conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition on March 15.
“The IS threat is different from the violence that we had to go through previ-ously concerning Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah and this is a new phenomenon that we have to face although it is not unique to Malaysia alone.
“As a region that has been tested with various tragedies such as the missing aircraft and the dispute over the South China Sea, the IS threat can be faced together through information sharing,” he said.
He disclosed this to reporters after launching the NSTP Transformation Labo-ratory’s ‘On Boarding Session’, yesterday.
Hishammuddin said that at the moment, the Asean region relatively had not been touched by the IS.
He added that Malaysia had an advantage because it had cordial diplomatic relations with the United States, China and the European countries.
“Information sharing on intelligence is the best method and I confirm that no one can state today that they know of the best formula to face the IS threat,” he added.