We will share in­tel­li­gence, says DPM

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MALAYSIA and Aus­tralia will share in­tel­li­gence to tackle im­mi­gra­tion is­sues, says Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said this would en­able both coun­tries to re­spond speed­ily to any is­sues.

“We will share in­tel­li­gence on il­le­gal im­mi­grants in Aus­tralia who used Malaysia as a transit point. This in­for­ma­tion will be very use­ful for fol­low-up ac­tion,” Zahid said here yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, Zahid paid a cour­tesy call on Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull at Par­lia­ment House.

He also met his Aus­tralian coun­ter­part Barn­aby Joyce, Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan and For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop.

“We want to ar­rive at an ac­tion plan to re­solve this prob­lem (il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion) at the source coun­try. We do not want the coun­try con­cerned to wash its hands off (of tack­ling the is­sue),” Zahid said.

He said in his meet­ing with Aus­tralian lead­ers, a pro­posal to hold an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on im­mi­grants was dis­cussed.

He said Malaysia and Aus­tralia had agreed and sup­ported the plan to hold such a con­fer­ence, pro­posed by the United King­dom and ten­ta­tively set to be held there.

Zahid said he and Turn­bull also dis­cussed de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, coun­tert­er­ror­ism and cross-bor­der crimes, as well as the need to share in­for­ma­tion on poli­cies im­ple­mented in Malaysia.

Zahid is here on a three-day work­ing visit.

His next stop will be Syd­ney, where he will meet New South Wales Gover­nor David Hur­ley. Bernama


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi with Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull in Can­berra yes­ter­day.

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