SHAH ALAM: The police wants new bullet proot vests and night vision gear for the General Operations Force and the marine police. Bukit Aman Public Order and Internal Security Department director DS Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the new vests will replace the current ones which is already 10 years old.
Its director, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Jaafar said presently, there were about 12,000 members of the General Operations Force (GOF) and Marine Police Force (MPF) in need of the vest.
He said this was because they were not only involved in various operations such as ‘Op Benteng’ but also the highly risky monitoring of the country’s borders.
“We will discuss with the government to obtain the allocation. By the end of this month, we will get the cost for the bulletproof vests.
“The discussions and application for allocation will also include other equipment such as night-vision binoculars and several vehicles for conducting anti-crime operations,” he said at a news conference after visiting the 5th Battalion, GOF Officers’ Mess in Simpang Renggam, here, today.
The search for the new gear has been in the forefront following the shooting incident at the Malaysian-Thailand border in Perlis which saw two GOF personnel shot by smugglers. One of the GOF personnel, Sarjan Baharuddin Ramli was killed in the November 24 incident.
The police had also recently noted the lack of armour vehicles especially in Sabah and they were hoping to get a number of them soon. It is unclear when this will took place however.
The police also appears not to have taken advantage by the urgent operational requirement (UOR) for new gear and equipment afforded by National Task Force for Op Benteng unlike the military. FIC, RHIBs and etcMore RHIBs for the Navy
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