KUALA LUMPUR: Asean will be coming out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for programmes to combat terrorism in the region.
And Malaysia will be counting on its long history of dealing with such problems – going all the way back to 1948 – to help develop the SOP.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia was on the frontlines again in Asean’s efforts to come up with long-term plans like rehabilitation activities for terrorists arrested.
“Malaysia will be hosting a conference on deradicalism in the Asean region on Jan 25 and 26 next year, in which Asean, along with eight dialogue partners, will discuss three main themes and present eight papers on the aspects of terrorist rehabilitation.
“This includes approaches like psychology and engagement programmes with those arrested for terrorism, including a proposal for engagement programmes involving families and loved ones, so the rehabilitated terrorists can be accepted into society again,” he told a press conference after chairing the Special Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (SAMMRRAVE) here yesterday. Read more