State polls: Bukit Aman picks 1,600 cops to help EC

Muhammad (second left) receiving a token of appreciation from Abdul Rahim after the meeting.

Muhammad (second left) receiving a token of appreciation from Abdul Rahim after the meeting.

MIRI: Bukit Aman will deploy officers and personnel to Sarawak to assist the Election Commission (EC) handle the coming 11th state election.

Bukit Aman’s director of Internal Security and Public Order Department, Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim, said the deployment would be made immediately after the EC announce the date of the polls.

“We have identified about 1,600 police personnel to help in the coming state election,” he told reporters this yesterday after attending a meeting with regional marine police commanders here.

Also present were state deputy police commissioner Dato Abd Aziz Yusof and Bukit Aman Marine Police commander SAC Abdul Rahim Abdullah.

On another matter, he said marine police would have more assets and would operate under the ‘no boundary restriction’ concept to monitor the nation’s waters.

Explaining the ‘no boundary restriction’, he said currently marine police only monitor rivers and the coasts, but under the `no boundary restriction’ concept, their area of coverage would be similar to the maritime.

“Our focus now is security of the waters in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).”

On combating cross-border crimes, Muhammad stressed the importance working closely with other law enforcement agencies.

“Currently, we have 160 boats for patrolling purposes,” he said, adding that two helicopters would be sent to the Esszone next year.

He said the readiness of the assets was at about 66 per cent for rescue operations.

“For the year 2015 (nationwide), we have made 3,321 rescue operations that involved 3,306 cases, with total seizure amounting to RM71.2 million.”