KUALA LUMPUR: Against the backdrop of rising threats from global terrorism, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pictured) today voiced his determination to defeat militant groups and their extremist ideology emerging in this region.
The Prime Minister stressed that there was no place for extremism in society.
Many countries across the region have suffered at the hands of extremists and Malaysia is no exception, as was reflected by the barbaric murder of Bernard Then in the Philippines recently, he said.
“This has given me greater determination than ever to ensure that all possible measures are taken to defeat not only the militant groups that have arisen in the region but also the extremist ideology they use,” Najib said in a
written response to questions posed by Bernama.
Then, 39, an electrical engineer from Sarawak, was kidnapped from a restaurant in Sandakan, Sabah, on May 14 and was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines on Tuesday.
The Bernama questionaire was forwarded in conjunction with the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits here.
Najib said he had also called for ASEAN member states to speak up against and reject extremism, and support moderation.
ASEAN leaders need to counter radicalisation and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations that lead to terrorism, he said.
“This includes the prevention of radicalisation, financing, recruitment and mobilisation of individuals into terrorist groups,” he added.
Najib said that in the war against terrorism, Malaysia would look at cooperation not only with other ASEAN member states but also countries beyond the region.-BERNAMA