Transnational crime a threat to national security, says PMO official

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Permanent Secretary for security and enforcement at the Prime Minister's Office Lt Col (Rtd) Pg Hj Muhd Sazali. Photo: Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar/The Scoop

Brunei and Singapore senior government officers are undergoing joint training on security issues

JANUARY 6, 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei needs to work with other countries in combating the growing threat of transnational crimes, specifically cybercrime, terrorism and illicit drugs, said the permanent secretary of security and enforcement at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Pg Hj Muhamad Sazali Pg Hj Yakob Monday said transnational crimes have escalated on a global scale and are becoming more complex.

The permanent secretary was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Fifth Brunei Darussalam-Singapore Joint Training Annual Exchange Programme, which involves 20 senior officers from both countries.

He said Brunei and Singapore share mutual security concerns and the need to combat crimes that go beyond national borders.

He added that cybercrime, terrorism and drugs dominated headlines and were also referenced by leaders during the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand last year and at the 2019 World Economic Forum.

An alarming probability that was highlighted in WEF’s Global Risks Report 2019 involves the growing threat of cyber-related attacks in the near future, said Lt Col Pg Hj Muhd Sazali.

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