Launch of a single portal on the fight against extremism and terrorism

KUALA LUMPUR (March 4): A one-stop portal and style guide for responsible reporting on violent extremism and terrorism, mycveguide.comwhich was launched on Friday, March 4, is in line with Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) 2022-2026.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar, in his speech at the launch, said the web portal is essential to support and ensure the viability of the plan.

“The portal would serve as a platform for all researchers and practitioners of original PCVE content, as well as secondary sources such as news, webinars, training, engagements, research and resources, among others.

“It will also serve as a style guide to help familiarize policy makers, researchers, practitioners, students and members of the public with the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) sector in the field of security and public safety” , did he declare.

His speech was read by the Director General of the Southeast Asia Regional Counterterrorism Center (SEARCCT), Datuk Ganeson Sivagurunathan, during the launch of the web portal and viewing of the CVE campaign video here.

Kamarudin said a combination of hard and soft approaches is needed in the law enforcement action plan; deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration; education, engagement and sensitization of society and vulnerable groups.

“To fulfill Malaysia’s PCVE commitment, the Ministry of Home Affairs has been tasked with developing and preparing the National PCVE Plan for 2022-2025 for Malaysia.

“The plan should provide clear direction; a comprehensive set of strategies, objectives, initiatives and indicators for implementation; and, therefore, contribute to the security and public safety of the country.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Wisma Putra will also be keen to play their part for the plan,” he said.

He also congratulated the organizers of the joint event and the collaborators of the project, namely the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization and the International Islamic University of Malaysia (ISTAC-IIUM), the Embassy of the States United in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia Press Institute (MPI), SEARCCT and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

On the other hand, he said that the web portal’s collaboration with the MPI is also aimed at educating journalists to report or write responsibly on violent extremism and terrorism.

“The Portal would inform, engage and train journalists with the aim of using facts and avoiding bias, using appropriate terminology related to Counter Terrorism (CT) or CVE, to also include a wide range of voice and to avoid inflammatory content,” he said.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian D. McFeeters in his speech expressed his gratitude to the other members of the collaboration for working together to counter threats from violent extremism.

“The U.S. Embassy is an active partner with Malaysia and fully engaged in developing strategies and initiatives to address this issue,” he said.

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