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Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 12:17:47 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Police officers or personnel who lose weapons will have to pay a fine for their carelessness, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
He said the fine would be based on a schedule of departmental offences.
Disciplinary action will also be taken against any personnel for misconduct or even mistakes made while on duty.
“The police are in the midst of fine tuning their standard operating procedure on weapon handling and management.
“I believe stern action should be taken over any carelessness in handling weapons, let alone losing it altogeher,” he said at a press conference after launching the Tafsir Al-Quran Ar-Rahman at Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) headquarters here yesterday.
He was commenting on the Auditor-General’s Report that revealed the police force had lost RM1.33mil worth of assets between 2010 and last year.
Records from the police logistics department asset management division showed that 156 pairs of handcuffs had gone missing, as well as firearms (44 units), vehicles (29), walkie-talkies (26) and radios (22).
Dr Ahmad Zahid believed that the losses were not due to misappropriation or corruption but were caused by carelessness.
“We believe all police personnel have the highest of integrity. Such losses must not occur again next year or any other year for that matter,” he said.
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