Malaysia highlights need for biometrics in Interpol China Meeting
29 September 2017 14:25 GMT

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said biometrics should be shared between Asian states to improve security.

Hamidi, who headed the Malaysian delegation to a regional Interpol meeting, pointed out some steps that Asian states should take as they seek to address a range of security threats. 

In his speech during a group meeting with Interpol’s Chinese president Meng Hongwei in Beijing as well as in remarks to reporters, Zahid acknowledged the importance of Interpol’s cooperation for Malaysia, which had helped it address several recent cases.

Among them was the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia earlier this year, where Interpol had put out a “red notice” – the highest level of international alert – for North Koreans wanted in the incident. Zahid also said that to date, Malaysian police had submitted a total of 83 names to be included in Interpol’s various notices, including 59 under “red notice.”

However, he also pointed to things that still remained to be done by regional states as well. In particular, Zahid emphasized that Interpol member countries needed to adopt new technologies to curb crime, since conventional policing methods could not be relied on to take down increasingly sophisticated criminals. In particular, he highlighted the use of biometrics and facial recognition technology to ensure criminals can be tracked down quickly.