Malaysia hopes world’s smallest microchip
can combat terrorism

MALAYSIA has bought the rights from a Japanese firm to the world’s smallest microchip that can be embedded in everything from currencies to human bodies and will boost the global anti-terror war, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

Mahathir said the revolutionary miniature chip, developed by Japan’s FEC Inc, could be combined with current technology to “greatly prevent the possibilities of terrorist acts” as well as banknote and document counterfeiting.

“With the need for greater security at airports and other transport terminals, the current security level provided by available systems is insufficient,” Mahathir said.

“The application is almost unlimited,” he said after annual talks with global hi-tech chiefs at a town in Malaysia’s multimedia super corridor (MSC), an enclave south of the capital Kuala Lumpur modelled after California’s Silicon Valley.

“We think this is a great breakthrough for Malaysia. It is the first in the world. No other people have come up with such a tiny microchip, particularly as it also has a built-in antenna.”

The veteran premier declined to reveal the cost for the project, dubbed MM or Malaysian Microchip