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DPM: Asean Respects Malaysia’s Voice And Ideas

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MANILA - Several Malaysian proposals at the 11th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) here have been well-received by member states, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This showed that Malaysia’s voice was being heard and respected by Asean member countries, he added.

Malaysia formally handed over the chairmanship of the 10th AMMTC to the Philippines yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia would continue to actively contribute to the AMMTC.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, arrived here to attend the biannual meeting beginning yesterday.

He said Malaysia would lead the way in adopting the four proposals, which could be emulated by member states as certain actions would also need their cooperation and participation.

Malaysia, he added, would organise the second edition of the Putrajaya International Security Dialogue from Jan 4 to 6, 2018, which would not only see the participation of Asean members, but the United States and Britain, as well as Middle Eastern countries.

“The dialogue, which will be co-organised by Saudi Arabian NGO Rabitah Al-Alam Al-Islam, is also aimed at correcting the global misperception of Islam that has caused Islamophobia, which didn’t do anybody any good,” he said.

The first edition of the dialogue took place last year.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had also called for cooperation from Asean members to address human trafficking and immigrant smuggling.

He said Malaysia had been intensifying efforts to address human trafficking issues, and based on the US Department of State Annual Report, Malaysia’s current rating at Tier 2 could be upgraded to Tier 1 by 2020.

“The target to be in Tier 1 can be achieved through the implementation of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan from 2016 to 2020,” he added.

The main event of AMMTC, which will take place today, is the 2nd Special Asean Ministerial Meeting on the “Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism”.

The meeting provides a platform for Asean members to exchange experiences, opinions and ideas on best practices in addressing radicalisation issues and violent extremism. 

—BERNAMA