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KUALA LUMPUR - A pre-requisite for effectively countering a terror network is to cut off all forms of financing, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said without funds and economic resources, the entire operation of a terrorist organisation will cease.

"The terrorists comprise multi-nationalities, who are collaborative and united.

"Secondly, they use technology effectively and this is seen through their effective online presence in radicalising and recruiting new members to pursue their agenda," he said in his keynote address at the 3rd Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit hosted by Bank Negara here.

Ahmad Zahid said the cornerstone of counter-terrorism financing strategies is political will and commitment which have to be achieved at domestic and regional levels, in view of the transnational nature of terrorism.

He said Malaysia stressed on the importance of  the "soft approach" in fighting terrorism and its financing activities, with emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation.

"This is operationalised through the Integrated De-redicalisation Module for Terrorists, which is administered by various agencies including the Royal Malaysian Police

KUALA LUMPUR - Continuous heavy rain is expected in the east coast states of the peninsula from Thursday until Sunday, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) said on Wednesday.

Its director-general Alui Bahari is urging residents in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and eastern Johor to heed the four-day weather forecast and take precautionary measures.

“The alert was issued as our monitoring found that strong easterly winds are expected to blow from the South China Sea to the east

KUALA LUMPUR - The increase of fake news in online media will create a serious problem of trust deficit, says Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said everyone must ensure that the integrity of online media is not killed off due to the actions of a few.

“If not, what can be a very valuable tool would become a stigma, because no one would trust what is published online,” Bernama quoted him as saying in his latest blog post.

According to him, the

HONG KONG - The Malaysian government will continue to express its appreciation to the country’s Chinese community for having contributed to the national economy since independence, said the Deputy Prime Minister.

“Malaysian Chinese have participated in all areas of life in Malaysia and have excelled in all activities,” said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his keynote address during the patron’s dinner and award presentation ceremony at the Ninth World Chinese Econo­mic Summit (WCES) here

BAGAN DATUK - The family institution should be strengthened in an effort to create a social balance between parents and children, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said social problems, including cases of bullying and baby dumping among youths and children in the country, have become a concern among the people.

“The family institution should be strengthened and empowered so that children do not become unruly when they are out of the house.

“We do not want

BAGAN DATUK - The Government will not prevent or object to former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe coming to Malaysia to seek medical treatment, says Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this stand was in line with the Government’s aim of promoting health tourism in Malaysia to the international community.

“We have no objection. We (Malay­­sia) do not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said yesterday.

He was asked to comment on

MALAYSIA’S strong stand against the atrocities committed in Rakhine state and the resulting human­­it­arian crisis appears to have borne fruit as Myanmar has finally agreed to a number of important concessions.

“Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar leader) said that she was working on an MoU with Bangladesh for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees back to Rakhine,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“And this is due to happen soon.”

Najib said he once again raised the Rohingya issue at

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