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Sunday, September 02, 2007

A warning on Malacca piracy/terrorism

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister warns littoral countries on the Malacca Strait not to get over-confident and to keep sharing information, here:
Malaysia's deputy prime minister has urged neighboring countries to share intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks and piracy in the Malacca Strait, the Bernama news agency reported Sunday.

More than 30 percent of world trade and half the world's oil shipments pass through the Malacca Strait, which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Najib Razak said the number of pirate attacks in the waterway has fallen. But he warned that a terrorist attack, which could devastate regional economies, remain a threat.

'For us to combat piracy and to prevent any possible acts of terrorism along the Straits of Malacca, one of the prerequisites is for us to share quality and timely intelligence,' Najib told Bernama.

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