Islamic radicalisation

Finally! Signs National are at least looking into Islamic radicalisation

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New Zealand has sought advice on deradicalisation from the Malaysian Government, whose anti-terror programmes have been praised as world-leading.

Chris Finlayson, the Minister Responsible for the NZ Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB), has been meeting with top officials in Singapore and Malaysia this week. He has been accompanied by New Zealand’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Carl Worker.

Finlayson said he discussed Malaysia’s anti-terror initiatives with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Wednesday.

In a statement, Finlayson said the country had a long history of deradicalisation programmes and he had expressed an interest in learning more about them.

He did not go into further detail, except to say the two leaders discussed a number of security issues, including countering terrorism and cybercrime. Read more »