KUALA LUMPUR — Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday the domestic security architecture of a country is vital in contributing peace and regional security as a whole.
He stressed that the very foundations of international security would be weak when countries do not properly address the safety of their own populations.
“When we talk about regional security architecture, we tend to think about what nations are doing together,” he said in his opening speech at the Putrajaya Forum held in conjunction with the Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security Asia (NatSec Asia) 2018 exhibition at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre here.
Addressing more than 1,000 local and international delegates at the forum, Najib said in Malaysia, the government had passed a number of laws including the National Security Council Act, the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences Act to ensure its citizens were protected and security forces could do their work freely.
He said Malaysia’s success in combating security threats was evident as there was only one partially successful Daesh-linked attack here, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
“Thankfully no lives were lost — but we had to be prepared. In fact, from 2013 until now, 389 people have been arrested in Malaysia for Daesh-linked activities,” he said, adding that the government would ensure all security forces have the necessary tools to combat the problem.
Najib pointed out that fake news could also cause a security threat if it was used as a tool of interference from outside powers.
He said the government would not compromise on the nation’s sovereignty by allowing other countries or individuals to dictate Malaysia.
“The future of our country is for the Malaysian people to decide, and they should do so on the basis of the facts, not fake news such as lies, propaganda, false promises and illusions,” he said.