Malaysia is keen on upgrading its cyber security enforcement to deal with online terrorism. The statement comes from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who also serves as the Home Minister. He said that the move is necessary to prevent Malaysians from being recruited by terror groups through the internet.
Zahid, who spoke after a meeting with his Italian counterpart in Rome, said that the Home Ministry would need a sizable allocation to strengthen the technical aspects of enforcement. He singled out the police as requiring the funds to expand their capabilities.
“The Italians take cyber security seriously and have allocated €150 million (about RM672.7 million) (on enforcement). Malaysia must take immediate measures to curb attempts to recruit terror group members online,” Zahid said.
It is likely that the DPM was referring to efforts by the Islamic State, who are well known for their tech savvy approach to propaganda and recruiting efforts. The terrorist group has been attempting to gain a foothold in Malaysia, although local law enforcement has been active in preventing this from happening.
[Source: Astro Awani]