KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has highlighted on the cross border crime including human trafficking as one of the critical issues in South East Asia specifically related to job scam at the 26th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC) Meeting in conjunction with the 42nd ASEAN Summit held in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia today.
Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir said, at the APSC Meeting, Malaysia has informed about the domestic and regional efforts to control and eradicate the issue including the formation of Meeting between Agencies relating to the coordination of fake job syndicate.
“The Meeting between Agencies is headed by the Foreign Ministry with the cooperation of Ministry of Home Affairs. Through this mechanism engagements have been held with several parties including INTERPOL and ASEAPOL to help raise the awareness of the public.
“Malaysia will also have cooperation with Cambodia and Thailand with the aim of sharing information, coordination of assistance mission, to identify the related syndicates and implementing investigation comprehensively to prosecute the parties involved,” Zambry said in a statement.
Meanwhile, at the 42nd ASEAN Summit tomorrow, Zambry said, Malaysia supports the acceptance of the Way Forward Plan for Timor Leste’s Participation in ASEAN. Malaysia also hopes the plan will help Timor Leste to join ASEAN in the near future.
Zambry added, Malaysia also supports the participation of Saudi Arabia, Panama and Spain into the Cooperation Trity and South East Asia Friendship (TAC). Malaysia continues its support on Maldives’s application to join TAC.
Relating to the ASEAN-Canada dialogue, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers had agreed that ASEAN-Canada Summit to be held to launch the Strategic ASEAN-Canada Cooperation on September 2023. It will take place in between the 43rd ASEAN Summit and other related summits.
Zambry said, the meeting had also agreed that there will be a Joint-Statement at the launching of the ASEAN-Canada Strategic Cooperation and the statement should be issued during the summit.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting also agreed that the ASEAN-GCC Summit to be held on a date between 16th until 20th October 2023 at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The GCC will consider the summit held within that period.
Zambry had earlier mentioned he had attended three meetings today (Tuesday) namely ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM); 26th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC) Meeting and the 33rd ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting (ACC) – Malaysia World News