Domestic security architecture vital for regional peace, security: Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak now said the domestic security structure of a country is a very important part to bring about peace and regional security as a whole.

He worried when nations do not correctly deal with security of their populations, that the foundations of security would be feeble.

“When we talk about regional security structure, we have a tendency to consider what nations do collectively.

“But our very own domestic security structure is a very important portion of the whole,” he said in his opening speech in the Putrajaya Forum 2018 held together with the Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security Asia (NatSec Asia) 2018 exhibition here.

Speaking before more than 1,000 local and global delegates in the forum, Najib said that in Malaysia, the government had passed a number of laws such as the National Security Council Act, the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences Act to make sure that its citizens were shielded and security forces could do their job openly.

Najib added the successes in fighting security risks of the country was evidence to the effect as there was only one successful Daesh-linked assault in Malaysia.

“Happily no lives were lost — we needed to be prepared. In fact from 2013 until today, 389 people are detained in Malaysia to get Daesh-linked activities,” he stated, adding the government would guarantee that the entire security forces possess all the essential tools to fight the problem.

The prime minister pointed out as it had been used as a tool of interference from external powers that fake news may cause a security threat.

He said the Malaysian government wouldn’t compromise on the sovereignty of the nation by letting other nations or individuals to dictate for this country.

“The future of our country is to get the Malaysian people to decide, and they must do this on the grounds of the facts, not the fake news of propaganda, lies, false claims and illusions,” he said.