THE SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL CENTRE FOR COUNTER-TERRORISM (SEARCCT)
The Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) was officially launched on 1 July 2003 by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, the Honourable Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.
SEARCCT serves as a leading centre in the Southeast Asia region to train and enhance the capacity of enforcement, security and government officials on counter-terrorism issues in collaboration with established think-tank institutions and international organisations. The Centre also serves to promote Malaysia's perspective on how best to deal with terrorism in particular its comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism.
SEARCCT has also utilised various training courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, and forums to discuss and disseminate the urgency to have a multi-pronged and multi-faceted approach in countering terrorism. In implementing its mission, SEARCCT has identified seven flagships to work on. These flagships are:-
Legal and Investigation,
CBRNE and Crisis Management,
Aviation, Maritime and Transport Security,
Prevention and Rehabilitation,
Terrorism Financing and
Youth and Terrorism.
Towards a Robust Community in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
- Develop and organise comprehensive capacity building and public awareness programmes on counter-terrorism;
- Produce and publish quality research materials on significant areas of terrorism and counter-terrorism; and
- Enhance soft power initiatives towards countering terrorism and extremism.
Focus of Activities
- Creating and implementing effectives modules and programmes to develop participants' knowledge and technical know-how on terrorism and counter-terrorism efforts;
- Providing effective platform for the consultation of experts, knowledge sharing and collaboratives research; and
- Promoting the empowerment of stakeholders to be the medium for CVE through strategic counter narratives.
The Center aims to achieve its vision based on the following Mission Statement:
Enhance regional competence in countering terrorism through quality and comprehensive capacity-building programmes;
- Conduct and publish research in significant areas of terrorism and counter-terrorism;
Implement effective soft approach initiatives in countering extremism via strategic communications;
- Promote public awareness and disseminate information on the threats of terrorism and measures taken to counter them; and
- Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships at the local and international levels.