S’pore, Malaysia seek closer cooperation in fighting trans-border crime
Speaking after meeting Malaysia’s Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Singapore’s Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said both countries can share experiences, particularly in combating cybercrime and human trafficking.
It is DPM Teo’s first visit to Malaysia after the Singapore Cabinet reshuffle in May.
It comes amid increasingly cordial relations between the two neighbours.
Mr Teo, who is currently on a three-day visit to Malaysia, was greeted by Mr Hishammuddin at Putrajaya.
Both ministers held talks for nearly an hour.
Mr Teo said: “It has been a very good meeting. We decided to move forward on several new initiatives as well. It is a very strong cooperation that we have.”
Mr Hishammuddin said: “On the ground, we already have a strong foundation… guiding them in the new landscape (is) new challenge that we face. I shared his His Excellency’s view that we are happy with how things are. But we need to build on that, facing new challenges of the future ‘
Also present at the meeting were Malaysia’s Police Chief and Singapore’s Commissioner of Police.
Both men have been tasked with strengthening cooperation in the fight against trans-national crime through greater sharing of intelligence.
Malaysia’s government portal was recently the target of cyberattacks by international hacker group Anonymous. It is an area where the ministers agreed both countries can share their experiences on while jointly tackling transnational crime such as human and drug trafficking.