KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recovered all the 26 shotguns that went missing from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) store in Sungai Petani, Kedah, last month.
“We have recovered all the firearms, which were sold,” The Star quoted deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim as saying.
He said 14 people, including Rela members and buyers of the firearms, had earlier been arrested to help in the investigation.
According to The Star report three of the suspects have criminal records for car theft, stealing and gambling.
Last month, the shotguns were discovered missing after an audit at the Rela northern region training centre in Bukit Selambau, Sungai Petani, by Bukit Aman and the Kedah police headquarters’ firearms licensing enforcement unit.
Police had then said the shotguns had belonged to the Rela force in Selama, Perak, and that the shotguns had been sold for between RM1,000 to RM3,000 each.
Following news of the theft, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi set up a special task force to work on immediate measures to improve Rela firearms management.
“We have also set up a firearms inspectorate team at the Malaysia Rela office, done overall checks on the firearms and improved the procedure in the taking out of firearms,” the media quoted him as saying last month.
He had said the post of Armoury Unit Officer would be created to safeguard and manage all matters pertaining to Rela’s firearms in a more efficient and transparent manner.