‘Smugglers turn desperate’

KUALA LUMPUR: Smugglers are getting more daring and desperate based on the attacks on General Operations Force (GOF) personnel in recent days at the Malaysia-Thailand border, says Comm Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Jaafar.

The Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director said despite these incidents, their resolve had never been stronger.

“The smugglers are definitely desperate as we recorded various successes recently.

“We are changing our patrols across the 30km border line, ” he said when contacted.

Comm Abd Rahim said more personnel, including from the GOF, would be deployed while assets such as armoured vehicles, as well as those from the air unit, would be sent there as well.

“All personnel on patrol will be equipped with bullet-resistant vests.

Mane defence: Federal Reserve Unit personnel conducting mounted patrols along the border. — BernamaMane defence: Federal Reserve Unit personnel conducting mounted patrols along the border. — Bernama

“We are boosting security along the border, ” he said.

Comm Abd Rahim said while the police were used to dangerous situations, personnel on patrol along the borders would remain vigilant.

“We aim to curb any illegal activity by the smugglers.

“We are also cooperating with our Thai counterpart in a bid to boost security, ” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said police deployed an operations team from CID and NCID to the border to curb smuggling activities.

“Our fast actions yielded results when Kedah police managed to seize more than 100kg of heroin worth RM10mil on Wednesday, ” he said.

The country’s top cop said he was proud of the fighting spirit showed by the Senoi Praaq Battalion 3 personnel despite the attacks by the smugglers.

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