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War on Terror (20 May 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Now Is the Time for a New Partnership to Fight Terrorism

By Najib Tun Razak

19 May 2017

Saudi Arabia is a true friend to Malaysia, and we were delighted to host King Salman on his recent state visit, during which Saudi confidence in our economy was shown by Saudi Aramco’s announcement of its $7 billion investment in a refinery project with our state oil and gas company Petronas.

These historic high ties are just one of the reasons that Malaysia fully supports this summit. We are in total accordance with its aims to increase tolerance and coexistence, and to enhance security, stability and cooperation.

Both at home and abroad, Malaysia is fully committed to fighting the threats of terrorism and violent extremism. As a UN member, Malaysia has fully supported UN efforts such as the secretary-general’s “plan of action in preventing violent extremism,” which calls for intelligence-sharing among member states.

We are a state party to nine out of 14 international legal instruments concerning counterterrorism, and we are part of the global coalition against Daesh. Malaysia also supports the Centre for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding, an initiative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.

This strong stance has been translated into reality with considerable practical effect in our own country. We have placed great emphasis on pushing counter-narratives via social media, and have founded the Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Center to combat extremism in Malaysia, Southeast Asia and beyond.

We in Malaysia also have considerable experience in rehabilitating people who have succumbed to the siren voices of terrorism. This is something we have pursued because we know we should not give up on those who have been led astray, but could still return to being useful members of society.

Our de-radicalization program has worked with hundreds of extremists, and has had a 95 percent success rate in reintegrating them so they can return to the mainstream and show that even those who have fallen prey to false and evil ideologies can ultimately reject them and be a warning, example and instruction to others.

We are willing and happy to share our experience and expertise in this with all countries at the summit. For just as with my call for a Global Movement of Moderates at the UN in 2010, and our establishment of a foundation to support it in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will never falter in its efforts to fight for moderation and the true path of Islam, and to say loudly and clearly to the extremists that they do not speak for us.

This summit represents an important attempt to bring ties between the Muslim world and the US to new levels. With even greater mutual understanding, we can work together all the better to fight the ignorance, exclusion and sense of grievance that can fuel violent extremism. We know President Donald Trump is committed to eradicating Daesh. Under my leadership, so will Malaysia be, as should all Muslim countries at this summit and beyond.

We must ensure that the barbarism we see in Syria and Iraq is rooted out. We must show that we stand ready to confront terror swiftly and decisively wherever and whenever it manifests itself. We must never surrender.

It is up to all of us at the summit to forge this partnership and prove, once and for all, that there is no clash of civilizations between the Muslim world and the West. There is only a clash with civilization, and on that members of all religions must stand united, firm, determined and ready to act.


Najib Tun Razak is the prime minister of Malaysia.

Source: arabnews.com/node/1101886

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/war-on-terror/najib-tun-razak/now-is-the-time-for-a-new-partnership-to-fight-terrorism/d/111217


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