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PDRM suggests DNA to be collected from Newborn to be recorded in Databank

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The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had urge the Government to reconsider the proposal that allows the PDRM to collect and store the Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples from new-born babies in the interest of the public.

In a press conference yesterday (30 June) with Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director, Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan, he said that PDRM had made the proposal in 2001. However, it was being rejected on several grounds, including human rights and the risk of it being abused.

Nonetheless, he explained that with the availability of DNA profiles in the databank, it will be of great help to solve crimes and provide justice to the victims.

In the press conference, Hassan mention that it is rate for them to use DNA samples to solve cases in Malaysia. Currently, the PDRM have only 160,000 DNA profiles in the Forensic Databank Malaysia, where they successfully recorded 130,000 DNA matches.

Source: The Star

Hassan added that the suggestion to collect DNA samples from every newborn baby will complete the database. Despite their suggestion, certain parties suggested that there is no need to implement this but the PDRM should instead focus on criminal arrest that are already happening.

“It’s not about misusing the data but it’s simply about taking care of the community. This is our suggestion to the government and it is not mandatory.” he added.

Hassan again emphasize that this is only a suggestion to the Government and it is required to be tabled at the Parliament for approval.

On the other hand, Malaysians on social media had expressed their concerns for such a suggestion as they believe that there is no proper transparency in the country and this could led to further complications.

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