3 na­tions to have rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss in­tel­li­gence data

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

TENOM: Malaysia, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines have agreed that each coun­try should ap­point a “point of con­tact” (POC) from their mil­i­tary and po­lice per­son­nel to fa­cil­i­tate ex­change of in­tel­li­gence on se­cu­rity threats, in­clud­ing from Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said the de­ci­sion was made by the three coun­tries at the INDOMALPHI Tri­lat­eral In­telex meet­ing on se­cu­rity re­cently in Manila.

Malaysia was rep­re­sented by the Armed Forces De­fence In­tel­li­gence di­rec­tor-gen­eral and the Royal Malaysia Po­lice Spe­cial Branch di­rec­tor.

He said dur­ing the meet­ing, the three coun­tries agreed that dis­cus­sions and meet­ings among the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of each coun­try be held every three months on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis, and Malaysia was ap­pointed as or­gan­iser for the sec­ond meet­ing, ex­pected to take place in Oc­to­ber.

“In­deed, this ini­tia­tive is im­por­tant and his­toric for Malaysia, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines as it is the first col­lab­o­ra­tion in­volv­ing all three coun­tries to com­bine mil­i­tary and po­lice el­e­ments to dis­cuss and share in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion,” he said here.

He de­scribed the ap­proach as timely, adding that it could make a pos­i­tive im­pact on ef­forts to ad­dress the threat of vi­o­lence in South­east Asia. Ber­nama

WAHID PIC BY ROSDAN

Il­le­gal for­eign work­ers de­tained dur­ing a crack­down in Kuala Lumpur early this month.

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