Cutting Off Funding Best Way To Combat Terrorism, Says IACSP

Cutting Off Funding Best Way To Combat Terrorism, Says IACSP
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) — Cutting off funding is one the most effective ways to combat terrorism especially Daesh, says International Association for Counter-terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP) Southeast Asia regional director Andrin Raj.

He said by cutting off their resources, the terrorist group would not be able to carry out their activities, especially in recruiting new members.

“Cutting off funding is one of the ways to combat terrorism activities effectively. However, the most important thing in combating terrorism is by educating the public on the threat of terrorism,” he told a press conference here today.

“This is one of the key topics to be discussed at the IACSP Asean Security Symposium and Awards which will be held on September 6 and 7, in Kuala Lumpur,” said Andrin, who is one of the speakers at the symposium.

He said the symposium was timely as Daesh and other groups were threatening the security in the region and the symposium would highlight trend and educational and operational expertise in responding and addressing these threats within Southeast Asia.

During the two-day event, the Inspector-General of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will be delivering a special address.

Speakers confirmed for the symposium include chief executive officer of Cyber Security Malaysia Dr Amiruddin Abdul Wahab, US Aviation Security International editor-in-chief Philip Baum, director of International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) Anne Speckhard as well as a senior representative from Interpol, United Nation Counter-Terrorism Unit and other experts.

Meanwhile, Mej Jen (rtd) Datuk Ansar Ali Majith, the IACSP Southeast Asia adviser, said the security environment in Southeast Asia like many parts of the world today, was affected by the terrorism threat as well.

“This threat is on the increasing trend in the region and this conference is therefore not only timely but inevitable. It will enable the relevant stakeholders to enhance their awareness of this threat and the technologies available to combat it.

“It also allows for strategies and tactics to be developed by the stakeholders to contend with this menacing threat,” he said.

The IACSP ASEAN Security Symposium and Awards will feature four workshops and 20 hours of discussion and it will also be awarding government organisations and agencies in areas of homeland and defence security.

The award also recognises those who have sacrificed their lives in order to protect the country and special awards will be presented in honour of the late Supt Ibrahim Lebar of the RMP and the late private Ahmad Hurrairah Ismail of the Malaysian Army, who sacrificed their lives for Malaysia during the Sabah terrorist intrusion in 2013.

The IACSP was founded in 1992 to meet the security challenges facing the world as it entered the era of globalisation in the 21st century.