Hisham: Tackling Extremism a Joint Effort

PETALING JAYA: No country can combat religious extremism alone, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

“It is crucial now, more than ever, that we put on a united front, build a coalition and a movement of moderates with like-minded nations, (as well as) to be the voice of reason to counter terrorism and extremism – a principle which has guided Malaysia’s recent overtures in foreign policy,” said the Defence Minister at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 16th Asia Security Summit.

The dialogue in Singapore began on June 2 and ended yesterday.

He also proposed a few ideas to address recent security challenges, which include the escalating tension and volatility in the Korean peninsula, as well as Islamic State’s growing plans for the region.

 Among the suggestions was the call for the “championing of moderation, both within and across borders”.

He also proposed the renewal of commitments to regional and international cooperation.

Hishammuddin said the Five Po­­wers Defence Arrangement Defence Ministers’ Meeting, which Malaysia is a part of, has agreed to share intelligence on terrorist threats in Malaysia and Singapore.

“All ministers were also in unison that terrorism poses a clear and present threat to this region and beyond,” he said.

Later, Bernama reported Hishammuddin as describing the new United States Secretary of Defence, General (R) James Mattis, as “someone I can work with”.

“Sincere, honest, high integrity, keen to understand us,” he said in his Twitter account after a Malaysia-US bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the dialogue.

Besides Mattis, Hishammuddin had the opportunity to hold several bilateral meetings with a few of his counterparts – Singapore’’s Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, Indonesian Defence Minister General (R) Ryamizard Ryacudu, Australian Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, France Minister for Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard and Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada.
Source : The Star