Opinion: Malaysia should get tough on spies, if need be

Opinion: Malaysia should get tough on spies, if need be

Three years ago, the Singapore High Commissioner was summoned by Wisma Putra after the whistleblower website, Wikileaks, leaked unflattering assessments by Singapore diplo­matic officials on "incompetent" Malaysian leadership.

The Foreign Ministry handed over a protest note to the Singapore envoy to show its displeasure after the Australian media published reports based on the Wikileaks revelation.

Some quarters did question then whether Wisma Putra made the right move to summon the foreign envoy since it was based on leakage­s.

This week, the Singapore High Commissioner was "called in"

by Wisma Putra after Edward Snowden's latest revelations - that Singapore was a key "third party" in providing intelligence on Malaysia to "Five-Eyes" - were picked up by Australian media group, Fairfax Media.

Similarly after recent media reports of alleged spying by Australia and the United States, Wisma Putra sought clarification from the mission­s' diplomats.

Credit must be given to Wisma Putra for acting fast to seek clarification from these embassies and calling the diplomats to Putrajaya.

For the laymen, we would have easily missed the term used by Wisma Putra.

This is evident from news headlines of "hauled up" or "summoned" despite Wisma Putra issuing a statement to "call in" the Singapore envoy.

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