Research Division of the Prime Minister's Department

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The Research Division of the Prime Minister's Department (Malay: Bahagian Penyelidikan Jabatan Perdana Menteri) is an agency within the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department.[1] According to a United States embassy cable dating back to 2006 that was leaked by Wikileaks, the Research Division is actually the public name for the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), the country's main foreign intelligence agency. Datuk Hasanah Binti Abd Hamid is the current General Director.[2] Little else is known about the organization’s structure, personnel and operations.

Muhammad Hatta, the Secretary of the Malaysian National Security Council was known to have served as MEIO's Director from 2002 to 2005.[3] It was also known to have helped the Malaysian Special Branch in combating the Malayan Communist Party.[4] According to Wikileaks, the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation also covertly supported the secessionist groups in Mindanao. In 2006, it also facilitated peace talks between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.[5]

Further reading

  • Malaysia's National Security Council described by new NSC Secretary (Report). Wikileaks. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  • Michael Vatikiotis (5 March 2013). "Malaysia the Moderate Peacemaker". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Prime Minister's Department - Government Directory". Prime Minister's Department. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.jpm.gov.my/post/modules/staffdir/staff_list30b.php?lang=en&curr_pg=1&kodagensi=KSKP&nama=&email=
  3. ^ Malaysia's National Security Council described by new NSC Secretary (Report). Wikileaks. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Michael Vatikiotis (5 March 2013). "Malaysia the Moderate Peacemaker". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Scenesetter for Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Ronald Sega (Report). Wikileaks. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
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