KOTA KINABALU – The appraisive of national security has change and it is not only on military threats, said the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
“Our national security threats are now more critical and complex due to globalisation era which brings with it the progress of information and communication technology and liberal minds,” he said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to carry out research on security issues particularly in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) at the Banquet Hall UMS on Wednesday.
Khalid stated that the situation has transformed to human security. He explained that national security needs to be more focused on human progress such as economic, food, environment, personal community, health, politics as well as ICT development aspects.
“Strengthening our economy and improving social issues should become our security mechanism because if these cripple it will be the cause of potential threats to our national security as a whole,” he explained.
Khalid further elaborated that the ICT development has been exploited actively to the point that it has become a channel to cripple the unity of the people and create doubt between religions and the stability of politics in the country.
“The security aspect of the country has become increasingly vulnerable.
“We admit that threats from the war of perception are real. The advancement of ICT and social media gives room for these irresponsible people to misinform people,” he said.
Khalid noted that the MoU would give room for more discussion and research to counter issues related to the national security especially in ESSZone.
The UMS Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Mohd Harun Abdullah stated that the collaboration would be more in the research and academic aspects besides sharing expertise between both counterparts.
“The collaboration will touch more on the research in criminal security especially in the ESSZone and the law and order aspects in Sabah,” he said in his speech during the MoU ceremony.
Centre for Strategic and Security Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) was established early this year and functions as a reference centre concerning Sabah affairs including the security aspect.
The centre aims to become a study and research laboratory to assist the government in tackling security issues particularly in Sabah waters. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah