KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia believes terrorism is a global concern which is detrimental to the social, political and economic development, and therefore, the demand for effective action is crucial.
Thus, Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Datuk Hussein Haniff said in combating terrorism, the global community needed to address the contributing factors which supported terrorism activities, apart from conducting strict and firm enforcement measures.
He said the action included adopting and implementing legislative measures, enhancing the capacity of law enforcement agencies and enhancing inter-agency cooperation.
“For instance, at the national-level, Malaysia has in place a national directive to manage and counter terrorism.
“The national directive or ‘National Security Council Directive No 18 – Handling and Managing Terrorist Crisis’ links the military, police and other civilian authorities for a more effective counter-terrorism effort,” he added.
Hussein said this in his address at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. The text of his speech was released yesterday.
Meanwhile on drug trafficking, he said the scourge was considered more challenging in South East Asia, largely due to its close proximity to the Golden Crescent, which was the main opium-producing region.
“Measures to control illicit drug trafficking are best carried out through concerted international efforts, including bilateral and regional arrangements, in view of the transnational nature of the crime.
“These should include providing technical assistance and engaging in capacity building programmes to provide alternative sources of income in drug-producing areas or countries,” he said.
On other matters, Hussein said Malaysia recognised the necessity and importance to foster a society for all ages.
He said as Malaysia was expected to attain the ‘Ageing Nation Status’ by 2030, the Government had formulated, approved and implemented the National Policy for Older Persons.
“The policy and plan of action considered both health and socio-economic aspects of older persons,” he added.