PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 – Asean, as a group, was capable of handling the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. He said all the 10 Asean-member nations would announce a joint-stand on the threat at the meeting of Defence Ministers in conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition on March 15.
“The IS threat is different from the violence that we had to go through previously carried out by al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah. This is a new phenomenon that we have to face although it is not unique to Malaysia. “As a region that has been tested with various tragedies such as the missing MAS aircraft and the dispute over the South China, the IS threat can be faced together through information sharing.”
He was speaking to reporters after launching the NSTP Transformation Laboratory’s “On Boarding Session”, here today. Hishammuddin said at the moment, the Asean region relatively had not been touched by the IS. He added Malaysia had an advantage because it had cordial diplomatic relations with the United States, China and the European countries. “Information sharing on intelligence is the best method and I affirm that no one can state today that he knows the best formula to face the IS threat,” he added.