KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia has called for terrorism to be addressed in a more comprehensive manner, including identifying its root cause, and not through the use of force alone.
The country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Datuk Hussein Haniff, said that to do so, it was important to emphasise education so as to overcome ignorance, backwardness and illiteracy, and to provide the opportunity to escape poverty and also reduce the tendency of people turning to extremist ideologies.
He said terrorism should also not be associated with any race, culture or religion as this would only heighten the possibility of a world being polarised and thus propagate further unrest and violence.
“In this regard, Malaysia calls for greater co-operation to promote moderation and understanding among cultures, religions and civilisations in ensuring peaceful co-existence,” he said.
Hussein said this in his address at the Sixth Committee of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on “Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism” in New York on Tuesday. The text of his speech was released yesterday.
Hussein said Malaysia also believed that the sharing of ideas and expertise in de-radicalisation and counter radicalisation programmes were essential in addressing the root causes of terrorism.