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Wednesday November 27, 2013 MYT 11:26:00 AM
Wednesday November 27, 2013 MYT 12:20:18 PM
by neville spykerman
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has effective counter-measures to safeguard classified communications, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
"Of course, we cannot tell you what these measures are," he added, speaking at the 11th Malaysia International Conference on Communications here Wednesday.
The minister said he was also speaking to his colleagues and experts on how best to ensure communications and cyber security, in the wake of claims that Singapore was aiding the United States to spy on Malaysia.
He said the Government was still determining if there were indeed breeches in security and if there was proof, it would lodge a strong protest with the US.
It was reported earlier this week that Singapore was a key partner of the 5-Eyes intelligence group which allegedly tapped telephones and monitored communication networks in Kuala Lumpur.
Based on information leaked by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden, Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reported that Singapore was a key "third party" providing the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand access to Malaysia's communication channels.
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald cited documents leaked by Snowden alleging that Singapore military intelligence was helping the US, British and Australian spy agencies tap data passing through a major undersea cable that is partly-owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel).
Wisma Putra summoned the Singapore High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong on Tuesday to clarify the matter.
According to a statement, Ong "will convey the necessary clarifications sought by Malaysia to his government, and would revert with such clarifications to Wisma Putra at the earliest opportunity".
Ong is the third envoy to be summoned by the Malaysian authorities this month following Snowden's exposé of the US-led spying network in Asia.
The Government had earlier this month summoned the American and Australian envoys following earlier reports.
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