Security

Prasarana beefs up security after brutal assault at MRT station
Rapid KL called on the public to be cautious and watchful over their personal safety, especially in public places and to avoid deserted routes or places. — Picture by Choo Choy May KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) recordings inside lifts are now displayed directly to staff on duty as an extra precautionary measure following the recent snatch theft incident at the Taman Mutiara MRT station.Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) in a statement today informed that the images were pre-set on the main screen so that any incident could be viewed and known faster.“We have increased the number of Special Action Taskforce (SAT) members at the hotspot areas.The SAT team is a special unit set up by Prasarana’s security department and staff are dressed in plainclothes when on patrol duty,” the statement said.Rapid KL is working closely with the police in their investigations into the incident and the CCTV footage was handed over to the police on the morning of the incident, it said.Meanwhile, Rapid KL called on the public to be cautious and watchful over their personal safety, especially in public places and to avoid deserted routes or places.“Commuters using Rapid KL services may request to be escorted to the parking lot if the area is deserted,” the statement added.On Feb 14, a 48-year-old woman was punched and kicked several times when she was robbed in a lift at the Tamana Mutiara MRT in Cheras, at 6.45am.The victim who suffered bruises and injuries on the face, head, and body was taken to Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) by Prasarana auxiliary police personnel shortly after the incident. — Bernama [...]
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Defence minister: Sabah security situation improving, tourists gain confidence
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the improving security situation in Sabah has given foreign tourists more confidence in the state. ― Picture by Razak Ghazali KOTA KINABALU, Feb 12 — The improving security situation in Sabah has given foreign tourists more confidence in the state, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.He said many foreign tourists, specifically from China, travelled to Sabah, bringing economic growth to the state.“This proves that tourists are confident of the security aspect in Sabah. Security here is getting better from day to day, and we will improve it further, especially in the waters bordering Philippines and Indonesia,” he said.Mohamad was speaking to reporters after paying a courtesy visit to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at the Sabah State Administrative Centre here today.He said the state government always gave priority to security in Sabah which is crucial to economic growth.He said this included increasing defence assets, and there will be an increase in medium patrol boats for security control in the eastern waters of the state.“We at the Defence Ministry are always requesting to purchase assets, but we also have to look at the government’s finances from time to time.“We are confident that when there is economic growth in the country, priority would be given to security, especially in Sabah. We are working towards that and the views and reactions from the Finance Ministry have been positive,” he said.On his meeting with Sabah Chief Minister, Mohamad said Mohd Shafie was satisfied with the role played by the Malaysian Armed Forces in maintaining security in the state.He said the meeting focused on economic growth in the eastern waters of Sabah and trade with the Philippines.He said a priority area was good security control.Earlier, Mohamad, accompanied by Malaysian Armed Forces Chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, also paid a courtesy visit to Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. — Bernama [...]
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How big security data is scanning the holiday crowds in China
Four years after tragedy struck in Shanghai, police throughout China are using new technology to keep track of crowds and individuals. [...]
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Armed Forces studying potential security threats from use of 5G technology
Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin said that all new technology from abroad should be scrutinised to determine if it was suitable for use in the country. — Picture by Hari Anggara KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 ― The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is currently reviewing and identifying any security threats to the country from the use of fifth-generation (5G) of cellular mobile technology before it is adopted in the country.MAF chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin said the results of the study would be submitted to the Government to decide whether the technology should be deployed here.Zulkifli said that all new technology from abroad should be scrutinised to determine if it was suitable for use in the country.“We cannot just follow other countries in terms of using new technologies. Not all technologies are good. We are confident that the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia is conducting a study on this and the MAF also has its own ways to study new technology.“The MAF will provide its views to the government on this matter in the near future,” he told a press conference after officiating the launch of the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) Alumni Association at Wisma Perwira ATM, Jalan Padang Tembak, here.Commenting on the matter, Zulkifli said among the things which needed attention was on tackling new technology if its use included elements of cyber attacks and gathering of sensitive information.“In order to prevent such threats, we have to take appropriate precautionary measures,” he said.On Saturday, while in London, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia would conduct a preliminary study before making a decision on whether to block China’s telecommunications giant Huawei, from building 5G infrastructure in Malaysia, following concerns over increased cyber spying.On Tuesday, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, who plays an advisory role to the government, said Malaysia must be cautious of the 5G technology that China is currently exploring, over its ability to trigger cyber and digital security threats against the country. ― Bernama [...]
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Beijing says Australian held on national security grounds
Yang Hengjun BEIJING: China said yesterday that Chinese-Australian author and democracy advocate Yang Hengjun was detained on national security grounds, becoming the latest Western citizen to face such accusations from Beijing. Yang’s detention comes at a moment of heightened tension between Western countries and an increasingly muscular Beijing, which recently detained two Canadians amid a diplomatic row with Ottawa. Australia demanded that Yang – a former Chinese diplomat – be treated “fairly and transparently” and complained that Beijing had waited four days, instead of three as required, to notify Canberra about his detention. Yang was detained shortly after he made a rare return to China from the United States last week. “Beijing state security took compulsory measures against Australian national Yang Jun and are investigating because he is suspected of engaging in criminal activities that endanger China’s national security,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, using Yang’s official name. Christopher Pyne Such accusations in China often imply espionage allegations. Similar allegations were made against the two Canadians who were detained in December. Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, on an official visit to Beijing, told reporters he would be raising the issue with his Chinese counterpart later on Thursday. “As Mr Yang doesn’t have a residence in Beijing, I believe he would be held in a … situation which we would describe as home detention,” he said. Yang’s lawyer Mo Shaoping confirmed to AFP that his client is under residential surveillance, adding that Yang Hengjun is his pen name. But Yang may not have access to his lawyer anytime soon – a visit will require approval from the Beijing State Security Bureau, standard procedure in such cases involving national security. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said earlier that diplomats met with Chinese officials in Beijing to discuss the matter and called on China to deal with the matter “transparently and fairly”. Once described as China’s “most influential political blogger”, Yang became an Australian citizen in 2000, but is currently based at New York’s Columbia University. His criticism of the Chinese government and support for democracy has in the past made him a target of Beijing’s state security apparatus. He went missing during a 2011 trip to China, but resurfaced days later, describing his disappearance as a “misunderstanding”. Canada’s arrest on Dec 1 of a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei at Vancouver airport was followed days later by the high profile arrests in China of the two Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. Payne said there was “no evidence” Yang’s arrest was part of that trend “at this stage”, adding “I’d be concerned if there was an indication of that.” “It only heightens the feeling that visiting China is unsafe and that the security services may increasingly be going after people for what they say outside of China,” said longtime China-watcher Bill Bishop. Relations between China and Australia have likewise been strained by Canberra’s decision to ban Huawei from participating in its 5G wireless network over security fears and as the two countries have vied more openly for influence in the Pacific. Yang had worked in the ministry of foreign affairs in Hainan province, but later left for Hong Kong in 1992, before writing a series of politically tinged spy novels. — AFP [...]
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Lee: Urgent measures needed to tackle problem of public's perception on security
PETALING JAYA: Urgent measures should be taken to tackle the problem of the public’s perception on safety and security, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. [...]
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Security level heightened throughout Sabah, says Shafie
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (left) said all security teams in the state had been reminded not to take security situation lightly at all areas. — Bernama pic KOTA KINABALU, Jan 15 — A heightened level of security alertness is being implemented state-wide and not restricted to just hotspots, says Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.He said all security teams in the state had been reminded not to take security situation lightly at all areas.This, he said, was especially during the Chinese New Year in February as more people would visit the state.“It’s important for us to ensure that the security aspect can be improved from time to time,” he told reporters after chairing the Sabah Security Council meeting here today.Among those present were State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan, state police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah, Royal Malaysian Navy Eastern Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) Commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali.On the recent fire incidents at two villages, in Putatan and Pulau Banggi in Kudat, Mohd Shafie said basic necessities had been distributed to the victims.He also reminded village heads to make pay attention to security aspects in their areas so as to prevent similar incidents.Fifty-five houses were destroyed and 315 people made home homeless in the fire at Kampung Paasir Putih Putatan last Friday.On Sunday, 81 houses and two teachers’ quarters were razed in Kampung Karakit Pulau Banggi in Kudat, leaving 303 people homeless. — Bernama [...]
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Former security staff member of Star Media Group passes away
PETALING JAYA: A former security staff member of Star Media Group Bhd has passed away here due to heart failure. [...]
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Email security threat affects 87pc of companies
A photo taken on May 15, 2017 shows staff monitoring the spread of ransomware cyber-attacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) in Seoul. — AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Email security threats affected around 87 per cent of companies, globally, last year, says Barracuda Networks Inc.Its Asia Pacific Sales vice-president, James Forbes-May, said phishing was one of the cheapest and easiest strategy used by hackers to target companies as it took advantage of the weakest link in an organisation’s security chain – its employees’ email accounts.“Most malicious emails attempt to steal login and system information from users to take over their account and launch attacks into a company with the now compromised internal account.“All they need to do is lure one untrained user with a click-bait link and the hackers have access to any company data,” he told a press conference here today.Forbes-May said phishing attacks were difficult to spot and there was a strong possibility that cyber-criminals would turn to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to learn the writing styles and messaging behaviour of employees to insert fake emails that were highly convincing.However, he said white hats, ethical computer hackers or security experts, were already using AI-based capabilities to automate phishing detection.“No company is too small or free from being a target, once an account is compromised or infected with ransomware, the company and its data can be held for a high ransom,” he said.In May 2018 alone, Barracuda blocked over 1.5 million phishing emails and saw over 10,000 unique phishing attempts.“Email threats will continue to be a large problem unless companies employ multi-layered approaches and train their employees to be security conscious,” Forbes-May added. — Bernama [...]
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U.S. tech transfers to China targeted in new security bill
WASHINGTON (Jan 4): The U.S. hasn’t done enough to counter the use of technology transfers and supply chain infiltration from countries like China, leading to... [...]
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Singapore: ILS will not pose any safety or security risks to Pasir Gudang port
SINGAPORE (Dec 12): Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has stressed that Singapore's plans to introduce an Instrument Landing System (ILS) for Seletar Airport will... [...]
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Muhyiddin thanks security forces for keeping the peace
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally around Jalan Raja here today, for a job well done. [...]
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Muhyiddin congratulates security forces, govt agencies on peaceful ICERD rally
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the ICERD rally for a job well done. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally around Jalan Raja here today, for a job well done.He was also pleased with the police’s approach in facilitating the gathering in accordance with the provisions under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.“The ‘thanksgiving’ gathering on the Government’s decision not to ratify ICERD took place in a peaceful setting, without any undesirable incidents.“I also congratulate the police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and all government agencies involved in controlling public safety and peace during the rally,” he said in a statement.He also thanked the organisers and participants of the gathering for a peaceful assembly and for giving full cooperation to the authorities.Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said in line with the spirit of ‘New Malaysia’, he wished to reiterate the government’s stand to always respect the people’s right to speak out and gather peacefully, in accordance with the provisions under the law and the Federal Constitution.Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim was reported to have said that 55,000 participants were present at the rally, and the programme went on smoothly and safely without any undesirable events.Among the Opposition leaders present at the event were former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.Organisers of the rally had previously said that the gathering was held as a sign of ‘gratitude’ to the government’s decision not to ratify the convention, and subsequently defending the Federal Constitution.On November 23, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that the Pakatan Harapan-led government would not ratify ICERD and would continue to uphold the Federal Constitution to defend the social contract that had been agreed upon by all races during the formation of this country. — Bernama [...]
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Umno security volunteers told to look out for rally saboteurs but to exercise restraint
Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki speaks ahead of the anti-ICERD rally near Sogo Sogo in Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2018. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Umno Youth members who have volunteered as security detail for the anti-ICERD rally have been told to keep an eye out for attempts to sabotage the gathering.Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki issued the instruction during his briefing for the group this morning.“Please do not allow bad elements to sabotage our peaceful rally today.“If there are any racist or religiously-inclined placards, quickly confiscate them, but I implore you to exercise restraint when doing so,” he said.Asyraf also reminded those present that they were here today to show to the government that they are fully against the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).“We are here to show that the masses cannot be fooled by certain quarters who intend to bring outside elements into the country,” he said.Asyraf said there are about 10,000 security volunteers from Umno, PAS and other non-governmental organisations.The Umno Youth security volunteers wear red shirts to differentiate themselves from the rally participants who are urged to wear white.Earlier today, PAS Youth volunteers under its Jabatan Amal Malaysia gathered at Masjid Jamek to be briefed on keeping the peace.Clad in their maroon uniforms and berets, they were told to prioritise safety above all else and urged to cooperate with local authorities to deal with troublemakers. Roughly 500 members of Unit Amal PAS wait at the National Mosque for anti-ICERD thanksgiving rally to start in Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2018. — Picture by Azril Annuar Some 3,000 people gathered at the iconic Masjid Jamek at around 11:20am with some people arriving as early as 2am in anticipation of the rally.Adorn in a white baju melayu, rally participant Mohd Rahim Ghazali, 31, who hails from Alor Setar, said he had arrived in the capital days earlier for the rally.“I have been in the city for the past two days along with some of my family members. We are excited to see this many Malaysians gathered in one place to show the government that we don’t agree with ICERD,” he said.Various roadside stalls and hawkers have set up in front of the mosque, all along Jalan Tun Perak up until the intersection heading towards Dataran Merdeka. [...]
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Tight security for India mosque destruction anniversary
Indian security personnel keep watch on a street during the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque, in Ayodhya. — AFP photo AYODHYA, India: Some 2,000 baton-wielding Indian police were on duty in the flashpoint city of Ayodhya yesterday to prevent any clashes around the anniversary of the destruction of a mosque. Hindu zealots reduced the Babri mosque to rubble in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims, and the future of the site has become a major touchstone issue in Indian politics. Standing behind yellow steel barricades, police yesterday were seen checking vehicles and stopping some passers-by for questioning as they sought to prevent any flare-up in violence. Watchtower guards and security cameras were trained on the ruins of the Babri mosque and its surroundings. The disputed site is protected by a high steel fence. Many Hindus believe Ayodhya marks the birthplace of the deity Ram, and that the mosque that stood there for 460 years was only built after the destruction of an earlier temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014 pledging to construct a temple on the site, but the issue remains tied up in the courts. Modi, running for a second term in 2019, has faced some disquiet from his core supporters who feel that he has not done enough for the cause, despite his parliamentary majority. Uttar Pradesh’s state premier Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand monk who has long campaigned for the temple, has also unveiled plans to build the world’s largest statue in Ayodhya — a 221-metre bronze Ram. On an average day, a few thousand Hindu devotees visit the makeshift temple that was established after 1992. But yesterday fewer devotees could be seen. Muslim groups meanwhile held small commemorations of those who lost their lives in 1992. “All we want is peace and harmony. Muslims and Hindus of Ayodhya have always lived in harmony but it is the politicians who stoke hatred for their electoral gains,” said Mohammed Shahzad who runs a meat shop in the city. “The mosque in my neighbourhood was attacked during the riots in 1992. Our home was set on fire, we somehow managed to save our lives. We don’t want a repeat of the violence at any cost.” Kalyani Ubhe, a tourist, said: “A temple must be built here. It is a matter of Hindu faith and devotion. We have a right to pray at the birthplace of Lord Ram.” A statue will be a “bonus”, said Shyam Madho, a 70-year old Ayodhya resident. “The statue will serve the purpose of tourism. It’s the temple which is the main thing. First a temple must be built then the statue.”— AFP [...]
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Bintulu Port leads the way in international security code
Photo shows the ‘Best Performance Award in CEP’ for 2016 to 2017. BINTULU: Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB) has been recognised by the Ministry of Transport as the leading organisation in the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Malaysia. Port marine facility security officer Supt (Auxiliary) Elvis Tulu, who is responsible for developing, maintaining, implementing, and conducting exercises relating to the ‘Port Facility Security Plan’, was top amongst 105 other candidates nationwide. He was conferred the ‘Best Performance Award in Continuous Education Programme’ (CEP) for 2016 to 2017 in conjunction with Maritime Security Week 2018. Bintulu Port Holdings group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah said he hopes the accomplishment will promote a wider awareness of an organisation’s shared roles and responsibilities in preventing security threats not only domestically but also internationally. “We are humbled to receive this award and to be acknowledged by the governing authorities as exemplary contributors to the implementation of International security standards in Malaysia,” he said. He said the honour conferred on Elvis is indicative of the company’s growing success in instituting operational excellence initiatives, such as addressing the need to continuously improve internal competencies and sowing greater levels of professional standards throughout the organisation. “Receiving the award for Best Performance in Continuous Education Programme serves as a strong encouragement in our journey towards developing world-class capabilities for the port,” Medan said. The ISPS Code was introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port or facility personnel to detect saecurity threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade. The purpose of the code is to enhance maritime security by outlining minimum security standards for ships and port facilities, and to also establish an international framework for cooperation in efficiently collecting and sharing information to detect security threats such as terrorism. In Malaysia, the ISPS code falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport. However, since the implementation of the code also involves security issues, the National Security Council (NSC) under the Prime Minister’s Department is responsible in determining the security levels required in consultation with the Malaysian Marine Department (Mardep), which is the designated authority responsible for the implementation of the ISPS Code. [...]
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