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RM3.7bil to enhance security

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Oct 2009: A total of RM3.7 billion will be provided to increase the efficiency of the security force, including by providing modern and sophisticated equipment.

Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said RM1 billion would be provided to further improve the services of the police next year to achieve the government’s objective of reducing crime, which is one of the National Key Results Areas.

“The government targets to reduce the crime index by 5%, including reducing street crimes, such as snatch thefts and robberies by 20% by the end of 2010,” he said when tabling Budget 2010 in Parliament today.

He said that among the measures taken was to provide mobile police stations in 50 crime hot spots.

The government would also train and enhance the efficiency of 3,000 members of the Rela voluntary corps and Civil Defence Department to conduct joint patrols with the police.

Najib said the security of the nation’s borders would be given serious attention by providing RM1.9 billion to the armed forces for equipment as well as to build and upgrade sentry posts.

In addition, he said, RM600 million would be allocated to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to ensure that national waters were free from smuggling activities, encroachment and piracy. — Bernama

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