US gives its thumbs up to Malaysia's war on terror

US gives its thumbs up to Malaysia's war on terror

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's commitment to fighting terrorism via the tabling of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and the Foreign Fighters Act has won the praise of the United States, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The positive comment was coveyed by special assistant to the President and senior director for Asian Affairs at the US National Security Council Dr Evan S. Medeiros at a meeting yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the US felt that continuous prevention efforts not only benefited Malaysians but also Amercians as well.

"They are also impressed with our ability to rehabilitate those found guilty for involvement in terrorism.

"I took the opportunity to offer them, on behalf of the Government, our willingness to share our experience on the matter," he said at a press conference after the one-hour meeting with Medeiros at his office here.

"We had militant threats such as from the Al-Mau'nah and Jemaah Islamiah," said Dr Ahmad Zahid.

"Such situations were different from theirs, and they welcomed the offer," he said, adding that the sharing of experience could be conducted through bilateral visits of relevant officials.

In Seremban, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Malaysians should give their undivided support to the proposed POTA, adding that there was a pressing need for such a preventive law.

"Many quarters had criticised us previously, but our critics, particularly the west, made a U-turn some time ago and have realised how important it is to have such preventive laws," he said.

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