MORIB: At least 162 police posts along the coastline are in need of repair and replacement.
The posts, manned by personnel from the General Operations Forces, are used to curb illegal immigration and smuggling activities nationwide.
Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, who visited several of these posts during his working visit in Banting yesterday, said almost all the posts were in bad condition.
“I have been briefed by my men that some of these posts are rotting and not safe to be occupied.
“In some cases, my personnel are forced to sit under oil palm trees because the posts get so hot during the day, it is impossible for them to sit inside,” he said.
He said these posts were located in several states including Selangor, Kelantan and Sabah.
These posts will be replaced with container type cabins, he said.
“While I was helming the Police Strategic Resources and Technology Department, we had already identified the containers to
“We had already sent a proposal to the Bukit Aman top brass which has already been discussed at the ministry level,” he said, adding that they would start replacing these posts as soon as they get funding.
He said many of these police posts do not have fences which compromise the safety of the personnel on duty.
“They have firearms on site but the lack of fences has them on alert at all times. Anyone can just walk into the posts,” he said.
Comm Acryl Sani also said he was aware that many of the personnel on duty at these posts were using their own motorcycles for patrols.
“I will study a proposal for them to claim RM80 motorcycle allowance each month while they are on duty here,” he said.
He added that the personnel manning these post in Selangor made 184 arrests between January and May this year and seizures amounting to RM683,573.
“These seizures included 540,000 contraband cigarettes, several vehicles, a speedboat, and drugs,” he said.