KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has denied allegations that Israeli agents had “infiltrated” Bukit Aman's communication and server system, the Parliament heard.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (pic) said that in 2012, the ministry had appointed a Singapore-based company to maintain and train its staff for the system.
“The engineer is an Israeli national and is an expert on the system which was (acquired) by the police in 2012.
“He is not an agent as alleged, but an engineering expert sent by the company to install the system.
“And of course, we have our representatives when the setup was done,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa) during Question Time in Parliament on Wednesday (April 10).
Ahmad Marzuk had asked the Home Ministry to explain allegations by Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who claimed that Israeli agents had infiltrated Bukit Aman following an upgrade of its communication system.
To another question, Mohd Azis said Malaysia does not recognise Israel as a country, and that travel to or from Israel was not permitted.
“The only permission given for entrance is when Israel participates in a conference organised by international bodies, (taking into consideration) Israel's membership in those bodies and people-to-people ties where an Israeli national working for a multinational company in Malaysia is allowed to attend meetings, training and working visits under said company,” he said.
Based on the Home Ministry's records, a total of 105 Israeli nationals have been allowed to enter Malaysia from 2016 until March this year, he said.
“In 2016, a total of 33 Israelis were given permission to enter for business purposes under multinational companies (MNCs) to attend meetings and training for local workers involving microchip engineering.
“In 2017, a total of 35 Israeli nationals were allowed to enter Malaysia for business dealings of MNCs, while 17 were given the green light to attend international conferences, meetings and programmes.
“Last year, a total of 34 Israeli nationals were allowed in for business purposes while another two individuals had attended an international conference.
“This year, only three Israeli nationals were allowed to enter due to current business dealings and there will be no permission allowed for any Israeli to attend international conferences or programmes.
“This is in line with the new policy of the government to not allow representatives from Israel enter Malaysia to attend such conferences, meetings and programmes organised by international bodies,” said Mohd Azis.
For religious visits to Jerusalem, the Home Ministry gave approval to a total of 7,870 Malaysians from 2016 until this year, he added.
“Of that total, some 2,000 people were approved in 2016, 2,186 approved in 2017, 3,183 in 2018 and 501 people this year based on our records as of March this year,” he added.