Wednesday, August 17

MoU to ensure efficient Saudi-M’sia cooperation


PUTRAJAYA: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia with regard to cooperation on security policy will ensure a more systematic and efficient cooperation between the two countries.Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said among the scope of cooperation listed in the MoU were the war against violence, drug smuggling, falsification of documents, arms smuggling and cyber crime.

“It will be implemented through a technical cooperation and sharing of intelligence information, expertise, scientific research findings and related publication,” he said in a statement, yesterday.

He said that the contents of the MoU had been studied at the meeting involving his ministry, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Foreign Ministry, and the Royal Malaysia Police on Jan 8 and had received the approval of the Cabinet.

Hishammuddin is now in Saudi Arabia accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is on a four-day working visit to that country, and will represent Malaysia in signing the MoU.

The statement said that other agencies identified as the implementing agencies to realise the MoU are the Royal Malaysia Police, Immigration Department and the National Anti-Drugs Agency.

“Under the MoU, it is hoped that both countries can create an annual meeting mechanism between the two countries aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the implementation of the programmes planned,” the statement added. — Bernama