KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today assured that the government will continue to channel all necessary allocations to the police force even if it involves additional costs.
The prime minister said this is to ensure that the country’s security forces have the latest and most suitable equipment.
“The government is concerned about the needs of the police to improve their capability, especially now when their duties are getting more challenging,” he said at the 212th Police Day celebration here today.
Also present were Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Mahathir said the police face challenges not only in terms of conventional crimes, but also terrorist threats which are very different in nature.
He said this requires security agencies, especially the police, to be firm, strategic and effective.
In this context, he said the government is satisfied with the level of professionalism and capability with which the police take on their responsibilities.
This includes combating the threat of IS militants in the country, which he said has seen 464 terrorists apprehended by the police.
“The government believes this was achieved because the police and other security forces have the intelligence team capable of handling the complex issue involving the militant group,” he said.
The prime minister also congratulated the police for maintaining their momentum in reducing the national crime index last year to 88,662 cases compared to 100,611 cases earlier.
“This is a fall of 11.9%. This statistic proves the commitment of the police to fulfilling the hopes of the people who are very sensitive in terms of their security and well-being,” he said.