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Thursday, 31 October, 2002

DPM: Terror threat under control

Kuala Lumpur: Terrorist threat in Malaysia is under control following preventive actions against suspected individuals, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday.
However, Malaysia would continue to be vigilant and its security forces would always be on the look-out against such threat, he said.
“We have taken action against many individuals whom we believe had a kind of design against us.
“They want to topple the elected government through unlawful means, resorting to actions which are extra-constitutional, we have the constitution and therefore it is wholly right that we resort to preventive detention,” he said in a BBC interview broadcast over Astro satellite television.
Abdullah, who was asked about Malaysia’s action against Jemaah Islamiah long before the Bali bombings, said many countries were now resorting to the same strategy.
“I think it’s important we take that action and that would be better than waiting for something to happen,” he said.
Abdullah said presently there was sufficient regional cooperation in dealing with terrorist threat.
“We are exchanging information in intelligence. We are not experiencing any difficulty in this cooperation,” he said.
He said Malaysia’s counter-terrorism policies were shaped by its post-independence campaign against communist rebels especially in solving the root causes.
Relating Malaysia’s experience in combating communist insurgency, he said, the root causes of communist terrorism was ideological in nature and what the government did was to win the hearts and minds of the people.
“We have to tell them this is the kind of government the people of Malaysia like. We have to remind the people that Malaysia is multi-racial, and that the Malaysian Chinese are Buddhist, Indians are Hindus and Malays are Muslims, so we have to live together, we have to work together,” he said.- Bernama