Malaysia, Singapore to work together to tackle online scams

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore are working together to share information and expertise as well as best practices in dealing with online scams more effectively, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Communications and Digital Minister said in the bilateral meeting with his counterpart from Singapore, Josephine Teo, here, Saturday (Feb 4), they also discussed collaboration to optimise the use of data as a valuable commodity resource in the growth of both countries digital economy.

"(The meeting) discussed in depth the direction of cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore in the field of personal data protection, cyber security and digital economy in addition to the field of communication," he said in a media statement after the meeting with Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information.

According to Fahmi, Malaysia and Singapore have just renewed cooperation in the field of personal data protection, cyber security and digital economy with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 30 in the neighbouring country.

It thus provides a platform for agencies in both countries to initiate deeper cooperation in the fields of personal data protection, cyber security and digital economy, he said.

Meanwhile, Fahmi also welcomed his Singaporean counterpart and her delegation to the 14th Muzika Ekstravaganza concert hosted by Malaysia on Saturday night.

Jointly organised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and MediaCorp Suria Singapura, the concert is aimed at raising the standards of the music industry of both countries through the exchange of expertise and experience and the use of technology in addition to giving exposure to the working cultures of the broadcasting stations.

Also participating at the meeting session were Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia Vanu Gopala Menon; Malaysia Communications and Digital Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek; Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information, Joseph Leong; Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)) interim chairman Datuk Muhammad Azmi Mohd Zain; Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) CEO Mahadhir Aziz and CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab. - BERNAMA

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