It’s a joke, US terror expert baffled by Saudi-led Putrajaya centre

Zachary Abuza says there is nothing moderate about the Saudis whose restrictive version of Islam is now a threat to Muslims in the region.

KUALA LUMPUR: An American expert on terrorism said he was baffled by Malaysia’s decision to work closely with Saudi Arabia in promoting moderation and countering terrorism through the establishment of a new centre in Putrajaya.

Zachary Abuza, a professor at the National War College in Washington and an expert on Southeast Asian conflicts, said he failed to understand why Prime Minister Najib Razak is partnering with Riyadh, which is known for its spread of Wahhabism which he described as an “intolerant version of Islam”.

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