KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed today downplayed claims of security risks over the use of the Google Maps and Waze navigation programmes, saying their benefits outweighed the possible drawbacks.
“These apps have helped people to navigate more than it helped the terrorists,” he told reporters outside the Parliament lobby here.
“But I do accept their concerns; it is just that I think the apps help more.”
Earlier, Tenom MP Datuk Raime Unggi said in Parliament that “Malaysians are very dependent on Google Map(s) and Waze for location searching and this has indirectly provided information about Malaysia to external quarters such as the United States and Israel and it could lead to external threats”.
Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim, also from Umno, said Malaysia cannot compromise on national security.
Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari responded to say that the magnitude of risk was dependent on individual users, but noted that Malaysia could not shun technology simply due to such fears.