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Home Ministry to upgrade Johor Baru immigration complex
4 February 2020
The Finance Ministry has allocated RM85 million for upgrading works at the customs, immigration and quarantine complex in Johor Baru.
Sabah, Labuan marine police record success in tackling maritime crimes
28 January 2020
Labuan marine police foiled RM 17 million worth of smuggling activities, compared to RM1.5 million in 2018. Sabah marine police (Region 4) commander, ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said Labuan marine police would soon have additional assets and staff to effectively address maritime-related crimes, including in the restricted areas of oil platforms. Sabah and Labuan marine police would be working together with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in conducting operations beginning this year, adding that they would also be working together with the Royal Brunei Marine Police in tackling cross-border crimes.
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Armed forces to set up cyber command
15 January 2020
Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces Gen Affendi Buang said a cyber and electromagnetic command will be set up to deal with digital threats to boost the security forces in facing cyber security threats.
Complaints committee to monitor 20 enforcement agencies
8 January 2020
The Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) has agreed to the recommendations by the National Registration Department (NRD) to boost its governance to address the issue of unethical distribution of identification documents. JKKMAR also said that the NRD will be re-rated as a high-risk agency and that its integrity unit will be empowered. Identification document will also have the biometric element embedded.
Muhyiddin: We will launch holistic plan to combat migrant problem
30 December 2019
In an effort to ensure that the country reaches zero undocumented migrants, a holistic plan on enforcement against illegal migrants will be launched to solve the inflow of illegal migrants said Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The plan which is developed in June will involve multiple players such as the state governments, local authorities, and Village Development and Security Committees. The plan details five strategies to do away with the illegal migrant issue – enforcement operation, legal and policy, border control and entry point, management of foreigners, and media and publicity.
Govt to set up border agency, says Muhyiddin
27 December 2019
The Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that a border agency will be created to oversee, as well as solidifying and boosting the standard of operation and security along the national borders. He said that the government will set up a sole body in charge of the national borders as soon as possible.
Pakatan tables Defence White Paper in Parliament
2 December 2019
Defence White Paper which shows the direction of the country’s aspirations for the next ten years is tabled to protect and defend the nation’s interests.
04 October 2019
The new Security and Public Order Policy (DKKA) launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday were timely as it will safeguard the people’s wellbeing while ensuring Malaysia to remain as a sovereign, peaceful, prosperous and respected nation.
C4 – DKKA outlines six core areas and 21 strategies as a guide and reference for all interested parties in facing various security and public order issues. The six core areas are:
- Core 1: Defend supremacy of the Constitution, the law and the main institutions of the nation. (Mempertahankan Keluhuran Perlembagaan, Kedaulatan Undang-undang dan Institusi Utama Negara)
- Core 2: Improve the administration & Integrity of security/law enforcement agencies (Meningkatkan Tadbir Urus dan Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan Keselamatan
- Core 3: To enhance the defence of the border control of the country. (Mengukuhkan Keselamatan Kawalan Sempadan Negara)
- Core 4: To guarantee the safety and public order of the nation. (Menjamin Keselamatan dan Ketenteraman Awam)
- Core 5: To combat the menace of drug abuse (Memerangi Gejala Dadah)
- Core 6: To protect the nation’s strategic interest and assets. (Melindungi Aset dan Sasaran Penting Negara)
Core 3 of the DKKA, which focused on enhancing the defence of border control of the nation, has four strategies. The strategies are:
- To increase the supervision and control of the boarders continuously and comprehensively. (Meningkatkan Kawalan dan Pengawasan Sempadan Secara Bersepadu dan Berterusan)
- To galvanise the intelligence capabilities and enforcement of crossborder crime (Memperkasakan Keupayaan Perisikan dan
Penguatkuasaan Jenayah Rentas Sempadan)
- Strengthen the enforcement of security laws of the borders of the nation. ( Memperkukuhkan Penguatkuasaan Undang-undang Keselamatan Sempadan Negara)
- To establish a comprehensive immigrant management system (Mewujudkan Sistem Pengurusan Warga Asing yang Menyeluruh)
According to SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia), Malaysia has become a popular destination economic migrants or transit country, where are prone to exploitation. They have seen an increasing number of complaints of human trafficking within the year. The strategies highlighted points to the acknowledgement of the problems of human trafficking by the administration and their possible remedies. However, caution should be given as these remedies might lead to abuse and overzealous use of force by some members of the enforcement agencies if there is no proper oversight system in place.
Selling MyKad, birth certs to foreigners is treason: Muhyiddin
14 September 2019 – The act of selling MyKad and birth certificates to foreign nationals should be treated as treason said Muhyiddin, the Minister of Home Affairs on his Facebook page today. His posting was a response to the arrest of 20 people including a senior National Registration Department officer for issuing Malaysia identity documentations illegally.
Human trafficking court nets few scalps in first year
4 September 2019 – A Malaysian court that promised justice for victims of human trafficking made eight convictions in its inaugural year despite the launch of hundreds of investigations in recent years, data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed. Malaysia is a magnet for traffickers due to its heavy reliance on foreign workers, many lured from nearby Indonesia and Bangladesh with promises of honest work but ending up trapped in unpaid labour, debt and facing exploitation.
C4 – Justice for human trafficking victims in Malaysia is being outpaced by the number of investigations and incidences of human trafficking activities in the nation. With justice not done, it would lead the perpetrators to continue to traffic countless workers into the country for a life of servitude and exploitation. The article accounts encouraging news from the PDRM and the MACC that indicates that law enforcement agencies are focused on bringing incidences of these crimes to court. There is a need now on these cases to be delivered through the legal system were the masterminds behind the enslavement of guest workers are brought to justice.
To increase resources and capacity of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to address these threats
Tommy Thomas to speak at maritime law conference
17 February 2020
Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas will be one of the speakers, while Federal Court judge Datuk P Nalini will be delivering the keynote address at the Maritime Law Conference scheduled to be held on March 18 and 19.
19 May 2019
Malaysian maritime agencies do not have enough “muscle” to thwart illegal fishing by Vietnamese vessels in the nation’s exclusive economic zone waters.
18 May 2019 – A multi-agency task force, spearheaded by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has scored a series of successes by nabbing 25 Vietnamese vessels and detaining 123 of their crew for illegal activities.
26 March 2019 – Mohamad said the core business of the navy is to protect the nation’s territorial integrity and it is also entrusted to play its part in other aspects of national development agendas such as in capacity building, the national defence industry, marine environmental conservation, and collaboration with other maritime agencies to maintain order at sea.
To use the ASEAN platform to achieve intra-regional solution
RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions
15 January 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will shift the attention to regional economic growth to ameliorate the tensions in the South China Sea. RCEP, led by Asean, China, South Korea, Australia, Japan and New Zealand would be the world’s largest trade pact by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and population if it transpired.
Asean members get tough with China on the South China Sea
6 January 2020
Asean members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines solidify their position on the South China Sea issue. In the Code of Conduct (COC) negotiations, Indonesia and Malaysia have made harsher statements against China on the issue. Malaysian’s Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, said “for China to claim that the whole of the South China Sea belongs to them, I think that is ridiculous.”
Increase diplomatic efforts and accelerate bilateral negotiations to resolve extra territorial issues
PSS proposed by the previous govt, says Azis
1 December 2019
According to the Deputy Home Minister Datuk MD Azis Jamman, the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) for foreigners meant to prevent and control the issuance of fake documents is being opposed by some quarters was actually proposed by the previous government but under a different name. Census certificates. The opposition party said that the federal government does not have unilateral power over immigration laws and regulations.
22 July 2019
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a Sessions Court judge in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, over alleged corruption involving the release of illegal immigrants. MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya confirmed the arrest of the 45-year-old judge, which was carried out this evening.