|Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in a group photo with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and other ministers during the launching of the conference. BERNAMA|
Brunei remains vigilant against terrorism threats
on: January 27, 2016
THE government of Brunei Darussalam will continue to be vigilant against terrorism or terror-related activities happening in the country, especially in the midst of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) phenomenon.
This was said by Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement at the International Conference on De-radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism 2016 (IDC 2016) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from January 25 to 26.
He said, “In the case of Brunei Darussalam, in order to effectively address radicalisation and violent extremism, we must not undermine the fact that neither of these phenomena are exclusive to any one group or religion nor has it always been religiously motivated.
“Brunei intelligence and enforcement agencies will continue to learn and adopt best practices from our counterparts through the sharing of knowledge and their experiences to enhance the current strategies, policies and the undergoing rehabilitation programmes run by the government,” he added, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The deputy minister also stated that, “Although the process of de-radicalisation and reintegration is a long term process and evaluating the effectiveness of our rehabilitation efforts may be a long and daunting task, Brunei and the rest of the world strongly believe that these efforts are significant in ensuring the long term safety and security of our citizens.
The deputy minister, together with other ministers and representatives from Asean member states and other invited countries delivered their Minister Statements – Policy on Deradicalisation on the first day of the conference.
In his statement, the Deputy Minister also said that radicalisation continues to be a significant concern to security agencies all over the world and will remain as one of the potent threat facing our region, especially the extensive use of the internet as a tool in spreading violent extremism and radical propaganda.
On the second day of the conference, the programme was divided into four plenary sessions with respective topics related to deradicalisation programmes in certain countries and steps taken to prevent and countering violent extremism shared by invited experts and scholars.
The conference was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Amongst other countries that took part in the conference together with Asean member states were Australia, People’s Republic of China, Japan, France, United States of America, United Kingdom, Italy, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Other members of the Brunei delegation who attended the conference included senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and Internal Security Department.
The Borneo Bulletin