KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Tonto syndicates are getting more brazen and are fixing Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on vehicles belonging to the Malaysian Border Security Agency (MBSA) to track the movements of enforcement personnel stationed at the nation's borders.
Tonto syndicates are made up of individuals who trail enforcement officers to tip off wrongdoers.
MBSA director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Abu Sohot said that three agency vehicles were detected with GPS devices placed on their rear bumpers earlier this year.
"When our personnel carried out a vehicle inspection, we found a suspicious gadget which turned out to be a GPS device.
"The tontos now use technology like GPS, which we believe are placed on our vehicles to track the movement of MBSA personnel patrolling the country's borders," he told Bernama.
As such, Shaharuddin said all MBSA vehicles had been ordered to undergo a thorough inspection to ensure that no devices such as GPS are found.
"Indeed, the tonto syndicates will monitor enforcement personnel and we are investigating as to how the devices could be placed on the vehicles.
"There is a possibility that the devices were installed when MBSA sent its vehicles for servicing and maintenance at the (work)shop ... however, investigations are still in progress," Shaharuddin said.
He reminded the agency's personnel to be alert to the threats of the tonto groups as they could act aggressively.
"MBSA personnel have also been supplied with firearms should they face certain threats," he said.
In 2016, a female customs officer Anisah Ali, 54, and her two colleagues were trailing a vehicle which was suspected to be carrying smuggled cigarettes.
Their vehicle was hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle, believed to belong to tontos at Banggol Chicha, Pasir Mas, Kelantan.
Anisah died in the incident. - Bernama
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