KUALA LUMPUR 30 May – King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP) has started its operation here today and will be working closely with the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCCEI) that was launched in Riyadh recently.
Minister of Defence and Minister with Special Functions, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the two centers are set up with the objectives to inculcate a deep awareness in fighting extremism and terrorism via the hearts and minds.
He said, to fight extremists and terrorists using the laws and military actions are not enough as it also needs other approaches to counter the narratives and ideologies.
“The government of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have to cooperate strategically and move forward to promote regional peacefulness following the moderation or “wassatiyah” concept,” he said in a press conference at Wisma Pertahanan, here today.
Earlier he mentioned that The Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman was scheduled to launch KSCIP tomorrow but was postponed to a later date.
Hishammuddin said, when Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud came to Malaysia early this year, it was agreed that KSCIP should be launched and starts its operation in 90 days time. In that light, KSCIP started its operation today even though it will be launched later.
“It was agreed that KSCIP will be ready in two years time and now we have a temporary office in Kuala Lumpur. The location of the center is yet to be decided.
“Malaysian expertise, academicians and specific centers in the region and internationally will be involved in the set-up of the center,” he said after giving away “bubur lambuk” to staffs in the Ministry of Defence today.
The Minister of Defence also said the Board of Trustees will be led by him and King Salman while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and King Salman will oversee it. International personalities will also sit on the Board of Trustees.
Meanwhile, the GCCEI in Riyadh will be developed by the United States of America, some European countries and Malaysia is one of the 10 countries responsible for the set up of the center.
“We will use each country’s expertise to help build the center. It is very important that the center is led by Muslims as it involves issues concerning Islam and as such, it should be led by Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia and Malaysia,” he added.
Regarding the Daesh and IS movements, Hishammuddin warned that all the 10 member countries of ASEAN will cooperate closely to fight them out.
On the development of the attacks and bomb blasts in Bangkok, Jakarta and Philippines recently, Hishammuddin said he will get details of the incidents when he meets the defence ministers of the three countries concerned in Shangri-la Dialogue, Singapore in two days time.
Regarding the Trilateral Sulu Straits Initiative which will be signed on 19 June, he said, it involves Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia in the joint air and joint maritime patrols agreement.
“The initiative is a “bridge” for effective cooperation among the three countries in combating maritime and cross-border crimes in this region. We need not wait for all the 10 ASEAN member countries to agree to the initiative.
“This initiative is also the Ministry of Defence’s programme which was planned earlier this year and it is not just a mere empty talk but a concrete action to move forward in safeguarding the peacefulness of the region,” he added. _ Malaysia World News