Welcome to the website of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.
As news on terrorism continues to hit the headlines, we in SEARCCT remain steadfast in our commitment to provide the best capacity-building programmes, research and counter narratives to our participants and the public. From very humble beginnings with only one programme in 2004, SEARCCT achieved its 200th capacity-building programme in February this year. In total, SEARCCT has conducted 200 training programmes attended by almost 9,000 participants from 95 countries. Over the years, SEARCCT has broadened the scope of its target audience, from law enforcement officials and policymakers to academia, school teachers, university students as well as government-linked companies (GLCs)
SEARCCT have successfully published three (3) monographs. They were, “Radicalisation in Southeast Asia: A Selected Case Study of Daesh in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines”; “Terrorists’ Use of the Internet: The Case of Daesh” and “The Lahad Datu Incursion and its Impact on Malaysia”. Currently, SEARCCT is conducting research on women and terrorism and the training of undergraduate leaders in developing Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE) capabilities on campuses.
Over the years, SEARCCT has been able to engage with almost 3,000 undergraduates from various local Institutions of Higher Learning through its University Lecture Series (ULS). The Centre sends representatives to speak on terrorism issues and to interact with youth through Q&A sessions. Among other awareness programmes organised by SEARCCT are the “Public Lecture Series” and the “Looking Back Lecture Series.”
SEARCCT’s mandate has now been expanded to include digital counter-messaging, which led to the establishment of the Digital Strategic Communications Division (DSCD) in August 2016. The DSCD is aimed at addressing the threat of terrorist messaging, particularly through digital platforms, in efforts to mitigate the expansion of radicalisation and recruitment in the Southeast Asia region.
It is my hope that SEARCCT will strive to achieve greater heights in our counter-terrorism efforts across the region and across all walks of life. We also plan to strengthen existing networks with local and foreign agencies, while seeking new parties with which to collaborate.
As you leaf through these web pages, I hope you will find the information and resources provided enlightening and useful and would help you “paint a bigger picture” of the extent of counter-terrorism approaches applied through SEARCCT’s efforts. I also hope this website would be able to enhance your knowledge and promote your understanding of counter-terrorism. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to email SEARCCT, which will do its best to answer your questions.
Thank you and happy browsing.
Chuah Teong Ban
Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT)
Ministry Of Foreign Affairs