BEIJING — January 12, 2017: Malaysia has in the last few years deported 744 Chinese nationals for involvement in online fraud and gambling totalling about RM13 billion.
They were members of syndicate based in Malaysia which also had members from another country.
Deputy Prime Minister/Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is on a six-day visit to China, said the success was possible due to close cooperation between the two countries to combat cross-border crimes.
Regarding his visit, Zahid said it has enabled him to resolve several issues related to the operating systems involving substantial losses to the Chinese people as a result of fraudulent activities, in addition to security-related matters associated with China.
Several agreements were reached to extend the responsibility of the Regional Counter-Messaging Centre (CMC) operated by Malaysian police, not only for the use by Asean countries but also to establish a footprint to help all Asian countries.
With the help of Chinese technology and equipment, the centre can become a communication channel to supply and share intelligence information fast.
In addition to the deportations, 28 other Chinese nationals suspected of being members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement founded by militant Uighurs in western China had been sent home up to last December.
Zahid said there were also people from China who were detained in Malaysia following intelligence information channelled by Chinese authorities.
Zahid is scheduled to leave for Kunming in Yunnan tomorrow. — Bernama