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Asean to sign 5G network MoU with China to fight cyber crime: DPM

KUALA LUMPUR: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between Asean and partner China on various forms of cooperation on security issues, including technology-sharing of 5G mobile networks to be used to address cybercrime.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said China and South Korea were in the final stages of upgrade from 4G networks to 5G and this would aid Asean member nations in combatting cybercrime.

“China plays a vital role in Southeast Asia not only as an economic powerhouse but also in its approach in addressing transnational crime.The authorities must be more prepared in our efforts if we want to outsmart and combat cybercrime. To do this, we have to be fast and we need better technologies, including a communication system of a higher speed (5G),” he told reporters at the 10th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime.

He said delegates have agreed to add three more areas, namely, elicit trafficking of wildlife, timber and people smuggling, to be included in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration in Combating Transnational Crime which is expected to be signed later today.

The other areas to be addressed in the declaration are terrorism, trafficking in persons, cybercrime, sea piracy, economy-related crime, money laundering, smuggling of arms and drugs.

On haze, Zahid said Indonesian police chief General Badrodin Haiti had conveyed his country’s stand during the meeting.

“He told the delegates that action, including legal action and freezing of assets of plantation companies involved in open burning, will be carried out. We hope that Indonesia’s commitment will be reflected through these actions and that the haze will no longer be an issue next year,” he said.

On a another matter, he said the authorities, including police, were keeping a close watch on Jalan Alor and other areas intelligence officers had identified as being possible terrorist targets.

“At present, Jalan Alor is deemed a ‘no threat’ zone but we are (nevertheless) pooling all resources to monitor the areas and ensure public safety. We urge the public to give full cooperation and convey accurate information (on security threats). We are thankful for the cooperation of others, including the United States, in terms of intelligence sharing.”

– New Strait Times

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