‘Cooperation crucial in combating security challenges’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
STRENGTHENING bilateral cooperation between Brunei and Singapore is vital in addressing “dynamic security challenges” that both countries are vulnerable to, said the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Speaking during the 2nd Annual Bilateral Meeting between PMO’s Security and Enforcement Division and Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Hj Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof said that these include terrorism and transnational crimes.
He highlighted that it is vital for both countries to continue and strengthen their bilateral cooperation in order to efficiently combat security challenges that both countries are facing.
“As Brunei Darussalam and Singapore remain vulnerable to the dynamic security challenges, I would like to emphasise that it is imperative that both countries work and cooperate with each other,” he said in his opening remarks.
He said that one of the ways to achieve this is through annual meetings to share knowledge and discuss matters pertaining to security and enforcement.
“Through these meetings, we certainly hope to establish an ongoing exchange of information pertaining to crime trends and domestic experiences in addressing the issues of terrorism, cybercrime, lost and stolen travel documents and illicit drug trafficking,” said Hj Abdul Mutalib.
He added that the yearly meetings between the countries act as a platform for both countries “to meet, discuss and share operational experience as well as best practices” in combating security threats.
Meanwhile Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s MHA Leo Yip said that the bilateral exchanges between the countries is one of the ways to further extend the “special relationship” of collaboration and partnership between the two.
In a press statement issued by PMO, the meeting also discussed ways of enhancing cooperation in other areas of mutual interest between the countries.
The bilateral meeting between the two aforementioned government agencies was first inaugurated last year on May 14, 2015 in Singapore.
Prior to the meeting, the Singapore delegation headed by its MHA permanent secretary paid a courtesy visit to Deputy Minister (Security and Media) at PMO Dato Paduka Hj Hamdan Hj Abu Bakar.
The delegation proceeded with a working visit to the State Control Centre, Royal Brunei Police Force after the meeting yesterday and is scheduled to visit Pusat Al-Islah today.
The Brunei Times