CYBER security and the exchange of intelligence are on the agenda for future agreements between Bahrain and Malaysia, revealed a top diplomat.
Malaysian Ambassador to Bahrain Agus Salim Bin Yusof, who assumed office in April last year, said Bahrain has already conducted visits abroad to acquire expertise on cyber security, specifically on how to combat cyber terrorism.
“Bahrain was interested to learn from Malaysia about our experience in cyber terrorism,” he told the GDN.
“For that purpose, the Interior Ministry sent two officers to Malaysia and a few other countries to meet their counterparts regarding cyber terrorism.
“This is good news for Malaysia that they are willing to learn from us.
“In East Asia we are the only country selected by Bahrain for this purpose.”
During 2017, four memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed between the two countries and although there has been no major development in those areas, Mr Yusof said they have made strides in intelligence gathering.
“Unfortunately on the MoUs there hasn’t been an encouraging development, but both countries are working on a new MoU which is pending on Bahrain’s side,” he said.
“It is called Co-operation in Preventing and Combating Trans-national Crime, and both countries are exchanging the MoUs and waiting for the right time to have them signed and it will target organised crime and narcotics.
“They include intelligence sharing, exchange of personnel and intelligence on anti-terrorism.”
A major defence agreement was signed by His Majesty King Hamad during his visit to Kuala Lumpur in May last year, which is in its initial draft stages and aims to extend co-operation in training and sharing of intelligence related to terror.
“There is already co-operation in intelligence sharing between the military of Malaysia and the military of Bahrain,” he added.
“They also want to carry forward an exchange of personnel, where Bahrain will send officers to Malaysia and Malaysia will send officers here.”
Mr Yusof was speaking to the GDN to coincide with the Malaysian National Day, which was celebrated on Friday.