KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The revelation by a foreign news agency that a Chinese company with reported links to military and intelligence networks in the country had collected data on 1,400 Malaysians should be investigated, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister (Security Cluster) said the report had yet to be verified and an investigation was required prior to further action.
"Sometimes, we hear a lot of news in which the truth is not clear, so I have asked for this matter to be investigated first.
"Personal data should be protected because we have the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 where the personal data of every individual in the country is protected," he told reporters after the handover ceremony of the Covid-19 standard operating procedure compliance "Aku Janji" pledge card in conjunction with the Perbadanan Nasional national month campaign here Monday (Sept 14).
He was commenting on a report by an international news agency that a Chinese company, Zhenhua Data, had allegedly collected personal data on 2.4 million people, and that a database leak involving 250,000 individuals included 1,400 Malaysians.
Earlier during the ceremony, Ismail Sabri received the Covid-19 SOP compliance "Aku Janji" pledge card from Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.
The card was signed by 1,040 local franchisees, teachers and students of SMK Seri Pantai, Kampung Kerinchi and employees of Perbadanan Nasional. - Bernama
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