Published: Tuesday October 9, 2012 MYT 1:53:00 PM
Malaysia in midst of amending relevant laws to ensure security
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in the midst of amending relevant national laws to enable the country to accede to the remaining conventions and protocols set by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the Security Council (SC), said Malaysia's permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Datuk Hussein Haniff.
He said, in countering terrorism within its borders, Malaysia had so far ratified nine of the 13 international conventions and protocols as well as taken various measures to fulfill its obligations that were set forth by the General Assembly and SC.
Hussein told this in a statement on Agenda Item 105 entitled 'Measures to eliminate International Terrorism' at the Sixth Committee of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York Tuesday.
"Earlier this year, Malaysia repealed the Internal Security Act of 1970 which has been replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.
"This decision was made, taking into consideration changes in the country over the past decade. This demonstrates that while the Government remains committed to ensure that security is constantly safeguarded, the rights of people also needed to be upheld," he added. Hussein said, on conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, it has often been cited that lack of economic development and education had led some to turn to terrorism.
He added, due to the belief that moderates must be seen to occupy the mainstream, Malaysia calls for a Global Movement of Moderates which is a clarion call for rational, peace loving people of all races, cultures and beliefs to make our voices louder and to reclaim the center stage.
"We sincerely believe that the Global Movement of Moderates would contribute in our efforts to eradicate terrorism," Hussein said.
He said, the Malaysian delegation supports efforts to enhance counter-terrorism measures and looks forward to further discussions on the creation of an overall UN Counter-Terrorism coordinator as proposed by the U N Secretary-General.
"Although much work remains, be rest assured of Malaysia's cooperation in discussions at this General Assembly as well as our commitment to see a world free from terrorism," Hussein said. - Bernama