SUNGAI PETANI: Army personnel are discouraged from playing the Pokemon Go for fear the virtual game application may contain elements which can pose a security threat.
The location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices is considered revolutionary as it combines virtual reality with the real world.
Army chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said he feared the game application, which uses the Global Positioning System (GPS), could pose a threat to the security of army camps, military equipment, as well as army personnel themselves.
"We will not compromise if the game is found to have an element of aggression, and the army itself is looking into the matter before any decision is made," he added.
He was speaking to reporters after attending an appreciation parade held in conjunction with the retirement of Veterans Affairs Department director-general Major General Datuk Mohd Noor Daud at the Army Airport Camp here Friday.
Also present was Army Field Commander and Malaysian Army's Royal Malay Regiment chairman General Datuk Sri Zulkiple Kassim.
Mohd Noor, who had served the army for 40 years, will retire officially on Aug 24. - Bernama