Malaysia hopes to strengthen ties with Australia to fight terrorism

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Malaysia hopes to strengthen its relations with Australia to build mutual trust in order to combat terrorism and transnational crimes.

Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Hussein made this remark here Tuesday after closing a working group discussions on anti-terrorism between Malaysia and Australia.

Hishammuddin acknowledged the country's need to collaborate with other countries in fighting terrorism and cross-border crimes effectively.

While cracking down syndicates involved in human trafficking and money laundering was important, Hishammuddin said cyberspace crime was also given attention.

Stressing that the Malaysian government was committed to fighting terrorism, Hishammuddin said more emphasis should be given to the enforcement side.

According to Hishammuddin, Malaysia has enacted laws and drawn policies to deal with terrorism and transnational crime, and effective enforcement and implementation are needed to achieve the goals.

Meanwhile, Bill Paterson, Australian Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, said at the press conference that arresting terrorists should not be the only ultimate goal when combating terrorism.

The relevant agencies should also identify the underlying problems pertaining to terrorism, added Paterson.

He hoped that Australia and Malaysia could come up with long term strategies to fight terrorism.

Source: Xinhua


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