KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 – The setting up of a special court to try individuals suspected of being involved with the militant will make the judicial process more transparent, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. He said the setting up of such a court was necessary because the threats posed by the militant group were real and spreading in the country.
“If we do not take proactive and preventive actions, they will escape our monitoring, and will be a threat to security. This has been discussed at the National Security Council, where such a court will assist us in fighting the militant group, and also speed up the hearing process,” he told a media conference after the Defence Ministry’s Innovation Day at Auditorium Wisma Pertahanan here Tuesday.
Last Saturday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also said that he had instructed the Chief Justice to work on the setting up of a special court to try individuals suspected of being involved with militant or terror groups would be set up to address the issue.
Meanwhile, on the setting up of an Islamic military alliance consisting of 34 countries announced by the Saudi Arabia government, Hishammuddin said the inclusion of Malaysia was an honour. He said it proves the solidarity among Muslim countries in facing terrorist threats.
However, he said, Malaysia would not contribute in the form of military force. The international media today reported that Saudi Arabia had announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism. Among the countries mentioned are Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates.