No in­ter­net for our civil ser­vants?

> Malaysia to study Sin­ga­pore’s move to sep­a­rate in­ter­net from pub­lic-sec­tor work com­put­ers

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SIN­GA­PORE: Malaysia will study the suit­abil­ity of sep­a­rat­ing the in­ter­net from the work com­put­ers in its pub­lic sec­tor, said Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Ali Hamsa.

Stress­ing that no pol­icy would be made on the mat­ter for now, he said: “If the is­sue con­cerns se­cu­rity, the threat should not only be looked at from the as­pect of the in­ter­net but also so­cial me­dia.”

He said this to Ber­nama when asked to com­ment on the de­vel­op­ment in Sin­ga­pore, which has started to sep­a­rate the in­ter­net from the work com­put­ers of civil ser­vants for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“We will look at the modus operandi in Sin­ga­pore first,” he added, say­ing that var­i­ous as­pects must be looked into if it is to be im­ple­mented in the pub­lic ser­vice in Malaysia.

In terms of in­ter­net abuse by civil ser­vants, Ali said the sit­u­a­tion was not that se­ri­ous in Malaysia.

On Oct 10, Sin­ga­pore Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong was re­ported as say­ing that min­is­ters, senior civil ser­vants and half of all pub­lic agen­cies had started sep­a­rat­ing in­ter­net surf­ing from their work com­put­ers to boost the se­cu­rity of crit­i­cal gov­ern­ment sys­tems.

Lee said the rest of the gov­ern­ment agen­cies were on track to im­ple­ment the ini­tia­tive by the mid­dle of next year.

The Straits Times re­ported that Sin­ga­pore civil ser­vants could still ac­cess the web via sep­a­rate gov­ern­ment com­put­ers ded­i­cated for that pur­pose, or use their per­sonal mo­bile de­vices.

But their work com­put­ers, where they ac­cessed their e-mail, would not have In­ter­net surf­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the re­port said.

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