KOTA BAHARU, (June 26) — The Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police are to meet on July 1 to discuss allocation of duties between the military and the police along the Malaysian-Thai border.
A committee, jointly chaired by Chief of Defence Forces Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, has been set up under the National Security Council for the purpose.
Zulkifeli told reporters at a breaking-of-fast with soldiers at the Desa Pahlawan army camp in Kok Lanas here yesterday that the meeting would discuss, among others, whether the military should take over security patrol at the Malaysian-Thai border from the police.
“We hope to be able to finalise the matter and submit it (a decision) to the cabinet,” he said.
Zulkifeli said he had discussed with his officers on the MAF plan if it was allowed to assume full responsibility on border security.
“If MAF takes over border security in Perlis, it means all the border areas between Malaysia and Thailand will be regulated by the armed forces, as currently the country’s border in Perlis is monitored by the (police) General Operations Force,” he added.– BERNAMA