KUALA LUMPUR, (June 17) – The Home Ministry has urged the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), aided by international intelligence agencies, to monitor their personnel to avoid being made stooges.
Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this was because ‘inside people’ had been made stooges to relay intelligence information believed meant for militant activities.
“For example, the recent arrest of a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) officer in Sandakan, Sabah for suspected involvement in militant activities.
“A police personnel from the Special Branch was arrested for allegedly providing inside information during the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah,” he said after the ‘Ruang Bicara’ programme on Bernama TV entitled “National Security Challenges’ at Wisma Bernama, here, last night.
Ahmad Zahid said the monitoring and spying among security personnel is to avoid the possibility of having ‘the enemy within’.
On organised crime, he said the drop of 10 to 12.3 percent showed that public confidence rose by 19 percent based on a study by global consultant Frost and Sullivan.
“However, security forces still face constraints in terms of personnel and assets. For example, in developed countries a policeman guards 350 people but in this country, a policeman guards 3,600 people.”
He added the task of fighting crime can become more effective if the people collaborate by joining the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), Community Policing Programme, the Territorial Army and the Civil Defence Department (JPAM).—BERNAMA