KUALA LUMPUR: Asean countries should share information on predators who commit sex crimes against children, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
It is vital that Asean countries share information on convicted pedophiles to safeguard children in the cyber world, said Dr Wan Azizah who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
The sharing of such information could then be used by the authorities to keep tabs on individuals travelling beyond their borders after serving their time, she added.
“This sharing of intelligence can help prevent serial sex offenders such as Richard Huckle from reaching our shores,” she said in her speech at the Cyber Defence Conference – Cyberspace and the Threats to National Security yesterday.
Dr Wan Azizah said the sharing of information and best practices can also help Malaysia in building walls against sex offenders and other cyber criminals.
She said the Government will look into ways to enhance such cooperation with Asean countries.
Dr Wan Azizah said the Government is also in the midst of reviewing the National Cyber Security Policy (NCSP), and is developing a more contemporary Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) which will be launched next month.
“MCSS is a five-year comprehensive strategy which will encompass all aspects of Malaysia’s cybersecurity concerns including governance; legislation and enforcement; innovation, industry development, technology security and research and development (R&D); capacity building and raising awareness; as well as encouraging stronger international engagement and cooperation,” she said.