No budget for sexual predator detection technology, Dewan told

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin.

KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy minister told the Dewan Rakyat here today that the government lacks the budget for technology to scan mobile phones and laptops to nab sexual predators at airports.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the government would need additional funds for such technology which is already in use in Australia.

“They scan handphones and scan for pornography and paedophilic material, but in Malaysia we do not have the budget yet,” the Padang Besar MP said.

He suggested the use of funds allocated for improving internet connection in rural areas but said it would be up to the government to decide.

He was responding to Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan), who asked if the government would invest in this technology.

Kasthuri had cited the case of Richard Huckle, a British sex offender who was arrested by Britain’s National Crime Agency after a tip-off from Australian police.

He was convicted of 71 counts of serious sexual assault against children while posing as a teacher and a photographer in Malaysia.