KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Militant action in the south of Philippines is being treated as a serious issue by Malaysia’s National Security Council, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“What is happening in Marawi is worrying. We need to (be) proactive and prepared,” Hishammuddin said during a press conference here today.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the Mindanao region, after clashes between security forces and militants there intensified.
The Islamic State (IS) militant group is reportedly attempting to establish its own province in south Philippines.
"The NSC sees the situation in Mindanao as something serious. If we have to face them (militant threat), we have to face them without any compromise," he added.
Hishammuddin also stressed that Malaysia is fortunate to be able to go through Ramadan peacefully, pointing out that recent terrorist threats occurred in neighbouring Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.