PETALING JAYA: The recently passed Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) will also focus on rehabilitation, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
This clause in the Act, said the Home Minister, is aimed at giving extremists detained under the law a “second chance” at life.
“The Act is not solely a form of preventive law.
“It will also give the individuals involved a chance to return to society,” he said in his speech during the regional summit to curb extremist terror activities in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.
He added that a similar clause was also included in the Internal Security Act 1969, which has since been repealed.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said Pota, along with the Special Measures Against Terrorism in Foreign Countries (better known as the Foreign Fighters Bill), were among Malaysia’s comprehensive measures to combat terrorism in the country.
“In short, it shows we are serious in combating and preventing any form of terror activities,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid added that members of society should also play their part in curbing the threat of radicalism and extremism.
“The National Fatwa Council has also clearly deemed involvement with the Islamic State as illegal as the terror group’s form of jihad is against Islamic teachings.
“Every segment of the society must work together to ensure that the IS does not gain a foothold in the country,” he said.