KUALA LUMPUR: Japan has expressed interest to cooperate with ASEAN in combating transnational cyber crime and terrorism.
In this regard, the country would provide assistance in terms of input sharing, technology and finance.
Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the two topics were discussed indepth by ASEAN members and Japan at the 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) + Japan, today.
He said the ASEAN Dialogue partner had expressed its willingness to bear the cost in organising an ASEAN Japan committee dialogue on terrorism and cyber crime, expected to be held here in the first or second quarter of next year.
“We (ASEAN) have asked Japan for more technical and financial assistance to enable us to carry out activities and training for our police, maritime and national security council officers in countering cyber crime terrorism.
“So Japan will help in the form of dialogue, training and exchange of information,” he told the media when met after the conclusion of the 2nd AMMTC +Japan here, today.
Nur Jazlan said the ASEAN Japan dialogue could also be a platform for input sharing on human trafficking and utilised by Malaysia to help upgrade its status in the United States Department of States Watch List of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
Japan is listed in Tier 1 of the TIP report while Malaysia, in Tier 2.
Meanwhile, Japanese Minister of State and Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, Eriko Yamatani told the media when met at the venue, that Japan appreciated Malaysia’s hospitality as the host country and its tremendous efforts in ensuring success of the series of AMMTC meetings.
“We hope to continue working closely with its members,” she said, adding that ASEAN and Japan must continue the fight against terrorism, violence and cyber crime threat.
The AMMTC +Japan was held in conjunction with the 10th AMMTC which entered its final round today, before proceeding with the Special Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (Sammrrave), tomorrow.
Sammrrave which was scheduled to be officiated by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Malaysian Home Minister would focus among others on issues relating to radicalism and extremism in the region.