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Tighter controls to check human trafficking in M'sia
Publication Date : 23-10-2012
More controls will be put in place to monitor human trafficking in the wake of increase in the number of Chinese nationals entering Malaysia.
The number of Chinese travellers entering the country is expected to rise to five million from the current three.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry's visa transit system had been updated with inputs from the Chinese authority to tackle the problem.
“There will be a body to monitor the movement of people and syndicates involved in human trafficking, specifically women and children,” he said after a meeting on trans-border crime with China's Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu.
Hishammuddin said both sides would change their strategy by dealing with the issue in the country of origin.
He said the meeting also emphasised on collaboration with regards to other threats, including terrorism, border patrol, cyber crime, drug trafficking and economic crime.
Meng said it was difficult for one country to stop trans-national crime, and only through collaboration could peace and stability be ensured.
During the event, Deputy Home Minister Lee Chee Leong and his Chinese counterpart Deputy Public Security Minister Meng Hongwei exchanged documents on agreements and consensus reached by both parties.
On August 2, Malaysia and China signed a memorandum of understanding on tackling trans-border crimes that covers law enforcement, training, scientific research and exchange of technology.