KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 2020 : Electronic surveillance is legal, but subject to laws to prevent abuse.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said Malaysian laws on electronic surveillance are of world standards and they ensure that enforcement agencies do not do so at will.
“We have codified parameters for electronic surveillance in law and incorporated sufficient safeguards to prevent abuse.
“Agencies must first approach the public prosecutor and present their case.
“Should the public prosecutor be convinced that the surveillance is absolutely necessary to obtain information of a criminal offence, only he can require the surveillance be carried out,” said Liew, who is the de facto law minister in a statement released in Batu Sapi, Sabah yesterday.
His statement came in the wake of a controversial expose by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last week of recording of alleged conversations between former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several individuals including his wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor.