Cooperative efforts needed to tackle new and emerging trends in transnational crime

Azlan Othman

Acting Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office and SOMTC Leader of Brunei Darussalam Dato Paduka Haji Suffian bin Haji Sabtu emphasised the need for ASEAN to strengthen cooperative efforts in addressing new and emerging trends in transnational crime, especially in the post COVID-19 era.

In this regard, it is important for Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) to incorporate the lessons learned from the pandemic into their future plans, he said as the Chair of 21st ASEAN SOMTC during the plenary session of meeting at the International Convention Centre, Berakas yesterday. The plenary session was attended by ASEAN senior officials in-charge of transnational crime matters.

The three-day meeting, which ends tomorrow, will focus on 10 areas of cooperation in combatting transnational crime, including terrorism, trafficking in persons, cybercrime, illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, arms smuggling, sea piracy, international economic crime, people smuggling and illicit wildlife and timber trafficking. The meeting also explored new measures that could be taken to better protect the people of ASEAN from the threat of transnational crime.

The meeting will also be joined by 10 ASEAN dialogue partners including Australia, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States of America.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office Hajah Nor Hashimah binti Haji Mohammad Taib led the Brunei Darussalam’s delegation to the 21st SOMTC and Its Related Meetings.

Yesterday’s plenary session was also attended by Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau Dato Paduka Zalani bin Haji Ismail as well as senior officers from security and enforcement agencies.

Acting Permanent Secretary (Security, Enforcement and Law), Prime Minister’s Office and SOMTC of Leader-Brunei Darussalam Dato Paduka Haji Suffian bin Haji Sabtu during the plenary session of the 21st ASEAN SOMTC