DPM: Fighting terror better with CMC

Team spirit: Dr Ahmad Zahid with Rela members at an event hosted by the organisation. — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: The fight against terrorism is expected to yield more results now that the counter-messaging centre (CMC) is in full operation, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the centre, managed by Bukit Aman, had been in operation for a month.

“It is what Malaysia needs to prevent recruitment, planning or even incidents of terrorism.

“The series of successful arrests of militants by the police previously came before the centre began its operations. We can expect better results now,” he said after attending a luncheon hosted by Rela yesterday.

He said the authorities’ level of preparedness had also risen, making it easier for them to share information and intelligence, not only with domestic agencies, but also with international counterparts such as Aseanapol and Interpol.

Domestically, the centre will be collaborating with Wisma Putra and the King Salman Centre For International Peace to ensure all eyes are on such activities.

“I’m satisfied with how the centre is being managed,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid. “We have the expertise to handle it and I am confident of their ability to detect and prevent elements of terror, radicalism and militancy.”

The CMC was created to monitor social media for any suspicious activities and information related to the Islamic State, whether it is perpetrated by Malaysians, foreign terrorist fighters or extremist organisations in the country.

Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had previously assured the public that any personal data that passed through the centre would remain private.