Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail with Army chief General Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim arrives for the Chief Of Army Round Table Talk held in conjunction with the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and the National Security (Natsec) Asia 2018. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Muda of Perlis uanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail has called for the establishment of a strategic partnership among different nations and armies in addressing radicalism and terrorism as advocated by the General Assembly and Security Council of the United Nations.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the Commander of Regiment 504 of the Malaysian Territorial Army, said in this context, there was a need for the armies to understand each other better, be committed to the same mission, share and also optimise resources in order to achieve success.

“Collaboration, cooperation and partnership between the armies, and between the army and the other agencies require a mechanism for implementation.

“The terrorists’ networks are highly mobile, flexible and undeterred by international laws and they have extended global reach networks that undermine intelligence gathering efforts,” he said when addressing the Chief Of Army Round Table Talk held in conjunction with the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and the National Security (Natsec) Asia 2018 here, today.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said the army and the other actors had to be transparent towards each other, and must be willing to share intelligence and information obtained, for information sharing to succeed.

He pointed out that it was also important to understand the characteristics and the types of radical groups operating in a country so as to deal with it effectively.

“Similarly, we have to know the evolving characteristics of terrorism which have changed drastically as seen in the modus operandi of recent terrorist incidences.

“With this knowledge, we would be able to formulate effective counter measures against threats and prevent it from spreading,” he said.

He said the establishment of the King Salman Centre of International Peace in Kuala Lumpur was one of the latest efforts by Malaysia in combating terrorism with the collaboration of Saudi Arabia.

“Cooperation and joint efforts could be best attained through enhanced military diplomacy and intelligence sharing. Though we are fully engrossed with our own national interests, we should not be unwilling to share valuable intelligence to resolve the threats and overcome radicalism and terrorism that take advantage on our weak link.

“Let us work together and cooperate for a better security and a safer world,” he said.

The four-day exhibition, which started yesterday at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) here, gathers around 1,500 defence-related companies and 350 delegates from 45 countries.

It is expected to attract 40,000 visitors and become the platform for top management of defence and security around the world to exchange ideas, besides providing the industry players with opportunities to market their products. – BERNAMA

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