The Australian has reported under the headline "Malcolm Turnbull’s bid to unite region on terror" that Turnbull "is negotiating with counterparts in Malaysia and Indonesia and with other neighbours to set up a regional centre to expand deradicalisation programs and counter violent extremism, while sharing intelligence to halt suspected terrorists."
Turnbull seems not to understand that while he considers Australian agencies to be the "world's best" Asian agencies are unlikely to be impressed. Malaysia for example has a a human intelligence network (HUMINT) that IS considered among the best in the world while Singapore's electronic surveillance is so pervasive that its citizens accept it as a fact of life, without much complaint.It is likely that the Singaporeans known more about the Alex Turnbull's business ,China links, and the actual value of the the Turnbull family's wealth than even Malcolm and Lucy.
Then, there have been embarrassing incidents where foreign agencies have been aware of what is going on in Sydney while our "best in the world" agencies remained in the dark.The recent matter of Dawood Ibrahim and Chotta Rajan is a case in point.
As for his deradicalization programme , Asian leaders would from their own experience known long ago what The Australian has also reported:
Successive (Australian) governments failed to assess the outcomes of these projects, with those organisations receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants required only to self-evaluate their success.
Instead of attempting to grandstand in Kuala Lumpur, Turnbull should instead be asking himself what his counterparts in Asia know of him from their own intelligence agencies. He has been doing business in Asia long enough ,as is now his son, for there to be nice thick files held in archives in various Asian capitals that would have by now been reactivated for surveillance and action.