Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the National-level Prison Department's 226th anniversary celebration in Kuching, Sarawak. Malaysia has achieved recognition from international organisations over the success of its deradicalisation programme for those detained for Daesh-linked activities and terrorist movements, says Zahid. Pix by NADIM BOKHARI

KUCHING: Malaysia has achieved recognition from international organisations over the success of its deradicalisation programme for those detained for Daesh-linked activities and terrorist movements, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said the programme, with a 97 per cent success rate has been recognised by the United Nations and Interpol.

He said a total of 130 people were arrested in connection with Daesh-linked activities had been placed under the programme.

"Those detained for terrorist-linked activities have been placed separately from other detainees in prison to avoid the former from spreading their ideologies.

"Apart from the prison department, the ministry has also sought assistance from the Welfare Department and psychological experts in rehabilitating the detainees under the deradicalisation programme," said Zahid in his speech at the National-level Prison Department's 226th anniversary celebration here today.

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