(File pix) The Defence Ministry has banned Pokemon Go at its headquarters and other sensitive areas and assets under the armed forces. Pix by GHAZALI KORI

BATU GAJAH: The Defence Ministry has banned Pokemon Go at its headquarters and other sensitive areas and assets under the armed forces.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he has directed the armed forces "risik" (intelligence) unit to ensure that the virtual game is not played at the Mindef headquarters.

At the same time, he said the head of the army, navy and air force would decide which areas and assets under their jurisdictions would be a "no go" for the augmented reality smartphone game.

He was commenting on the warning issued by Army chief Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor to his personnel against playing Pokemon Go, especially at army camps.

Yesterday, Affandi was quoted as saying that Pokemon Go was a threat to the safety of its players and national security when played by army personnel.

Hishammuddin said, unlike other handphone apps such as Google Maps and Waze, Pokemon Go might pose a threat to security aspect as it would also record videos and take pictures and the information of a player's surroundings.

He was speaking to reporters after opening the Batu Gajah Umno delegates' meeting here today.

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