Malaysia’s Policy On Counter Terrorism And Deradicalisation Strategy
MALAYSIA’S POLICY ON COUNTER TERRORISM
AND DERADICALISATION STRATEGY
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi1
Terrorism has emerged to be one of the main security threats to the stability and security of the country. To deal with the challenges, Malaysia has put in place its policy against terrorism and at the same time has passed two related legislations namely the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA) and the Special Measures against Terrorism in Foreign Countries Act 2015 (SMATA). Both legislations are consistent with the spirit and purpose of UNSCR 2178 particularly in monitoring the activities of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and to deal with the threats they pose. Malaysia continues to work closely with other countries and international organisations in improving border security to prevent movement of terrorists. As preventive measures, Malaysia adopted the deradicalisation strategy that requires strategic collaboration between the Government, civil societies and the private sector to inhibit extremist/radical ‘activities’ at home or abroad by individuals or group of individuals. Continuous engagement and counselling are conducted to deradicalise potential or prospective extremists/terrorists. Malaysia has set up Counter Messaging Centre (CMC) in order to monitor terrorist narratives through social media and all other channels closely to deny extremist proponents from the means and opportunities to pursue extremist or terrorist activities and promote their misconstrued ideologies.
Article writen by The Hon Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi published in the Journal of Public Safety and Security