Monday, 18 January 2016

Hisham: Armed forces ready to be deployed in fight against terrorism

GENTING HIGHLANDS: The military is ready to deploy its assets to specific locations in the country to deal with threats by the Daesh militant group, if required by the National Security Council (NSC), said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

The Defence Minister said the issue of Daesh-led terrorist attacks required careful discussions, and the need to involve military personnel should be decided by the NSC chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"In the fight against crime, military personnel have certainly worked with the police before, to conduct patrols under the National Blue Ocean Strategy, and the army's cooperation with the police is not an issue.

"The decision to include members of the military to deal with Daesh threats is not ours to make, the council will decide on that, we will wait for instructions and move according to the laws of the country," he told reporters after attending the Defence Ministry’s Roadmap programme here Sunday.

He was asked by reporters if the Ministry would mobilise assets to monitor certain areas in the country, following the recent militant attacks in Jakarta.

On the the Daesh threat, Hishammuddin said the Ministry had increased its preparedness through its intelligence corps and the anti-terrorism unit for quite some time now, and it was also cooperating with all security forces on the matter.

He said the Ministry was also carrying out defence diplomacy with certain countries, as well as information-sharing with countries that have long been facing threats from the militant group.

"It is not only us, but the whole world is also trying to deal with this threat. We must tackle this together, whereby relations with certain countries must be strengthened," he said. (Bernama)

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