Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday the government is looking to strengthen existing security laws, stating that the present legislation is insufficient. Najib introduced a government document, known as White Paper, specifically designed to combat the rising terrorist threat.
“Looking at the potential threat from this group, we fear the return of Malaysians from the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq will be detrimental to national security,” Najib said, as quoted by AFP.
“I hope to gain the support of all levels of society so that the people will not be influenced by such ideologies,” Najib said, reported by the Business Standard.
He also stressed the importance of cooperation with the international community in combating radicalization, terrorism and militancy, the Business Standard said.
Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, which has traditionally billed itself as a moderate Islamic nation. In the past, the country has kept extremists in check, AFP said.