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Malaysia’s New Cyber Technology Department to Tackle Digital Crime

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In a bid to tackle the growing menace of digital crime and leverage technological advancements to bolster law enforcement efforts, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has unveiled plans to establish a new department dedicated to cyber technology. The announcement was made by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain during the 217th Police Day Commemoration Celebration 2024 held in Kuala Lumpur.

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In his address, Tan Sri Razarudin highlighted the need for PDRM to adapt to the changing landscape of crime, which has become increasingly complex due to rapid advancements in digital technology. He emphasized that the proliferation of digital crime poses significant challenges to law enforcement agencies worldwide and requires proactive measures to mitigate its impact on society.

The proposed cyber technology-based department aims to address these challenges by focusing on the investigation and prevention of digital crime, as well as the development of strategies to combat emerging threats in the cyber domain. By harnessing the power of technology, PDRM seeks to enhance its capabilities in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting cybercriminals while safeguarding the digital infrastructure of the nation.

Tan Sri Razarudin underscored the importance of government support for this initiative, emphasising that the establishment of the new department would enable PDRM to operate at its maximum potential in combating digital crime. He expressed hope that the government would consider the proposal favourably, recognising the critical role of law enforcement in ensuring the safety and security of the country’s digital ecosystem.

The decision to create a specialised department reflects PDRM’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve in the fight against cybercrime. With the rise of digital technology revolutionising various aspects of daily life, including communication, commerce, and entertainment, criminals have also capitalised on these advancements to perpetrate a wide range of illicit activities online.

From cyber fraud and identity theft to hacking and online harassment, the spectrum of digital crimes continues to evolve, presenting new challenges for law enforcement agencies worldwide. In response, PDRM aims to equip its officers with the necessary skills and tools to effectively combat these threats and protect the interests of the public in the digital age.

The establishment of the cyber technology-based department underscores PDRM’s proactive approach to addressing the challenges posed by digital crime. By investing in specialised training and resources, the police force aims to build a team of experts capable of navigating the complexities of the cyber domain and staying abreast of emerging trends and tactics employed by cybercriminals.

Moreover, the initiative reflects PDRM’s recognition of the interconnected nature of modern crime, where traditional and digital forms of criminal activity often intersect. By integrating cyber technology into its law enforcement strategies, PDRM seeks to foster a holistic approach to crime prevention and detection, ensuring that no avenue for criminal exploitation goes unchecked.

The establishment of a new department focused on cyber technology represents a significant step forward for PDRM in its efforts to combat digital crime. With the support of the government and a dedicated team of professionals, PDRM is poised to harness the power of technology to safeguard the digital well-being of the nation and uphold the rule of law in the digital age.

Malaysia is taking proactive steps to ensure cyber resilience amidst the evolving digital landscape, with a focus on combating rising threats like fraud and ransomware. The government has enacted legislation to promote cybersecurity, including laws governing data protection and electronic transactions.

The Legal Affairs Division, led by Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, is drafting the Digital Safety Bill 2023, aligning with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s vision and highlighting the importance of proactive legislation to address cyber threats effectively.


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