On Saturday (24 July), the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had announced that they will be getting 16 new high-powered drones under the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (RMK-12), as shared by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.
According to Astro Awani, he said that these drones will be managed by the Air Operations Force (PGU) and it will help the police force to increase the level of security at the Malaysia borders throughout the country, especially in unfenced areas.
On the other hand, these drones comes at a extravagant cost, where the government is expected to spend RM48 million on these 16 drones, and this means that it is roughly RM3 million per drone.
“A total of RM48 million have been allocated by the government through RMK-12 RT1 (Rolling Plan 1) through a tender processed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) for the procurement of these drones.”
“We hope that with these drones, it can help improve operations and security levels at border areas, especially those that are not fenced, to curb criminal activities.” he said.
In the press conference, Mazlan said that smugglers using rat lanes to avoid detection from the authorities at these unfenced border areas, which is around 44.55 kilometres apart. These drones will be able to stay in the air for more than 4 hours before they need to be recharged.
In addition, the PDRM will be receiving an additional 175 four-wheel-drive vehicles (4×4) in the coming future and this is to increase the mobility of its operations throughout the country. At the same time, intelligence personnel working at the borders will be given 1,000 sets of bulletproof vests.
The budget of RM5 million for these additional bulletproof vests had been approved by the government and the PDRM had instructed the intelligence personnel to continue to increase the level of operations at border areas to obtain important information.
“The intelligence group must be strong so that we can curb criminal activities at the border,” he said.
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