Malaysia waging war against Daesh on ideological front

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Apart from countering the threat of physical attacks, Malaysia is waging an all out war against Daesh and other extremists on the ideological front, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Speaking at the Institute of International Relations in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan during his official visit to the country yesterday, he said Daesh and its ilk sought to penetrate and infect the minds of youth with malicious ideologies and agendas, particularly through the digital platform.

A copy of his speech was made available to Bernama.

Thus, he said, Malaysia was responding to this threat by developing and disseminating correct counter-narratives.

“Currently, such efforts are spearheaded by two digital counter-messaging centres under the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and Royal Malaysia Police, both established in 2016,” Anifah said.

He added Malaysia believed that tackling the scourge of terrorism required a broad-based, long term strategy, in which military actions alone were inadequate; rather, root causes must be addressed, ideally through a multi-pronged approach.

Anifah said preventive measures, vigilance, education, public awareness and de-radicalisation campaigns together with effective rehabilitation programmes were all necessary to combat these threats.

On the Palestine issue, he said Malaysia had and would remain fully committed to the Palestinian cause, and had never wavered from defending this just cause.

“So when Malaysia took its place at the horseshoe table – as the Security Council is nicknamed – we took every opportunity to highlight the injustices and suffering faced by the Palestinian people,” he said.

Anifah said Malaysia was also deeply concerned over the recent developments in the Middle East region and was of the view that the ongoing crises needed to be resolved expeditiously by the countries concerned.