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Malaysia and Australia to exchange counter-terrorism expertise

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Australia have agreed to exchange expertise in countering terrorism threats.

This will see Malaysia benefiting from Australia’s advanced border control experience, while the latter is seeking to adopt Malaysia’s successful programmes in rehabilitation and deradicalisation of violent extremists.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Australia has offered to share its knowledge and skills in border security, including experience in utilising the Advanced Passenger Screening System and biometric and E-Gate systems, and how an optimum screening of visitors can be conducted at land and sea entry points.

“Australia has also offered to provide training for not only our Immigration Department officers, but also our police and other enforcement agencies.

“In exchange, the Australian authorities want to learn and adopt our approach towards rehabilitating extremists.

They are also facing the same problem (extremism) as there are immigrants from the Middle East who reside in their country and had been given permanent resident status, but create trouble for the authorities there,” he said after the opening ceremony of the Putrajaya International Security Dialogue 2015, here, earlier today.

Also present in the conference was Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton.

Meanwhile, on the haze problem, Zahid said that it was not fair to put pressure on Indonesia as the republic had been going all-out to battle the fires there.

He said he had given personal suggestions to Indonesian leaders on best practices by Tabung Haji Plantation at its oil palm plantations.

He said the company’s drainage system not only provides water for trees, but can also prevent fire from spreading.-nst

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