Strengthen international cooperation to fight cyber crimes: Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should strengthen cooperation with regional and global law enforcement agencies in the effort to fight cyber crimes, said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pix).

According to Lee, in addition to creating a legal framework with other countries, the cooperation was important to ensure cyber crime offenders could be brought to justice.

"Cyber attacks do not involve physical contact and in most cases the offences are committed in other countries and are thus subject to the jurisdiction of foreign countries," he said in a statement.

"This poses a serious problem for local enforcement authorities because to take action against the perpetrators, they must have strong international cooperation," he said.

In the meantime, Lee hoped that the new legislation on cyber crime to be tabled in the next parliamentary session, would be able to solve problems of cyber harassment, including cyber bullying.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the draft of the Cyber Security Act had been submitted to the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and is expected to be tabled in the next parliamentary sitting. — Bernama