Daesh militancy to be raised at Asean meet


BATU PAHAT: Issues relating to Daesh militants, which is becoming a global threat, is expected to be raised at the 10th Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Vientiane, Laos, from May 24-27.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia viewed the threat seriously and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) should also take note of the matter.

“I am going to Laos to attend the ADMM and I am confident the issue will be discussed in the regional context.

“In the past, the threat of militant terrorism was the responsibility of the home ministry but the issue is now under the defence ministry.

“Soldiers have also been involved and this is a new thing that ATM must take into account and work closely with neighbouring countries.”

He spoke to reporters after attending an annual memorial prayer for the late Tun Hussein Onn at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) here today.

He was commenting on the arrest of 14 individuals, including a woman, suspected of having links to Daesh militants in a police operation from Tuesday until yesterday.

Present were Johor state legislative assembly Speaker Mohamad Aziz and UTHM Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin.

On the arrest of the 14 individuals, Hishammuddin, who is also Umno vice-president, said the threat from the militant group was a matter that should not be taken for granted by all parties.

He said the arrests were a proactive and preventive measure rather than something new because several arrests had been made previously based on intelligence received.