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New Ministry May Introduce Laws To Enhance Cyber Security

KUCHING: The new Ministry of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring may introduce new laws to enhance cyber security when the state enters the digital economy.

Its Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali sees the introduction of new laws as one of the ways to support Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision and mission which includes propelling the state into the digital economy.

As you can see, the chief minister has a new and different direction for the state. He is a chief minister who sees the future when Sarawak becomes a digital economy, a state of ICT, and Sarawak as part of a global digital world. My role, like other ministers and assistant ministers, is to support this.

We will give our full commitment and we will assist him in areas we have been assigned to, to move the state towards a new era of digital economy, Sharifah Hasidah told the media after the opening of the first meeting of the second session of the 18th State Legislative Assembly at the State Assembly Complex here yesterday.

She said one of her main tasks would be looking into different laws as well as negotiations on devolution of power from federal to state.

I have been tasked to look into different laws. Maybe new laws should be put in place for the smooth running of the digital economy and the laying down of ICT infrastructure.

I will also help in negotiations on devolution of power in the few areas the federal and state governments have been discussing, said Sharifah Hasidah when asked how as Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister she would help the chief minister achieve his mission and vision to move the state forward.

She pointed out that when moving towards digital economy, cyber problems and cyber security would be an area of concern and online businesses would need to be regulated.

Meanwhile, Sharifah Hasidah who has also been entrusted with the responsibility of project monitoring said she would work together with the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) to ensure smooth operation and minimise corruption.

We will also monitor and work with Ministry of Integrity and Ombudsman to ensure that the implementation of projects are smooth and be rid of corruption along the way, she added.

Source: Borneo Post Online

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The ICA said in a statement that during the course of checks, the cigarettes were found concealed among the consignment declared to contain assorted biscuits.

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