SHAH ALAM: Inspector-General of Police TS Razarudin Husain on December 7 announced that the Home Ministry has approved an allocation of some RM22 million for the procurement of vehicles, anti-riot dogs and firearms for the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU).
The IG made the announcement when he officiated the new federal FRU headquarters in Cheras. The FRU headquarters was previously located at police’s training centre in Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur. The new headquarters apart from the administration blocks housed two FRU units, the horse unit, women FRU barracks and family quarters.
He said among the items approved are anti-riot protection equipment – 1,000 protective body and 1,000 gas mask – RM10 million; 13 .22 LR sniper rifles worth RM2.3 million; 10 combat vans – RM3.6 million; RM2.2 million for four bonded truck for FRU’s cavalry unit; 178 riot guns (RM2.3 million) and 10 dogs for its K-9 Unit (RM900,00).
Beliau turut menzahirkan penghargaan atas keprihatinan pihak Kerajaan khususnya Kementerian Dalam Negeri yang telah meluluskan perolehan bagi PSP iaitu meliputi kelengkapan keselamatan anti riot (1,000 unit “protective armour body” dan 1,000 unit “gas mask”), 13 laras “sniper rifle” .22, 10 buah van tempur, empat buah kenderaan “float bonded truck”, penggantian 175 laras “riot gun” dan 10 ekor anjing rusuhan.
The release above posted on the PDRM Facebook page deleted the allocation amount which was in speech text by the IGP which he stated in his speech. I delayed posting on this as I had initially thought that the procurement had been conducted as checks on Eperolehan and the ministry websites did not have them.
A thorough reading of the speech text and the video of the IGP’s speech confirmed that the funding had been approved – likely in the 2024 budget and the procurement is expected in the coming months.
Anyhow, the allocation for 13 .22LR sniper rifle raised questions though as the police mostly used 7.62mm and .338 Lapua Magnum rifle for their precision shooters. It is likely the .22 LR sniper rifles will be used for training as the ammo is cheap and it can be used in short shooting ranges. As the amount approved does not meant that the money has been spent, perhaps the PDRM could use it to lower the cost buying the .22LR sniper rifle.
As FRU troops are usually armed with riot guns – from pump action shotguns, bolt action rifles and grenade launchers so it is likely the new ones are to replace the current weapons in use. Apart from riot guns, FRU troopers also used pistols to fire non-lethal rounds from pepper ball and colour marking rounds.
As for the K-9 unit, it will be the first for the FRU. The police earlier this year announced it was setting up a K-9 unit for riot control. The same reason was cited when the police stood up horse unit. The horse unit has been sent to the border for patrol duties as well ceremonial duties. The horses are also equipped with protective body armour as with their riders when deployed for riot control duties.
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