Police need more helicopters to fight crime: IGP

LANGKAWI: The Royal Malaysian Police need to have more helicopters in the future for fighting crime in the country, said Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan.He said as of now the force had 10 helicopters.

GREAT DISPLAY: Singapore’s  Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter and the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon making a landing after performing at LIMA 2009. — Bernama photo

GREAT DISPLAY: Singapore’s Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter and the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon making a landing after performing at LIMA 2009. — Bernama photo

“We need more helicopters as they provide much help in combating crime.

“If I can, I would like very state to have one helicopter each,” he told reporters after a visit to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2009) here yesterday.

LIMA 2009 began yesterday till Dec 5 and is being participated by more than 325 companies from 25 countries to showcase various air, maritime and defence equipment.

Asked if the police force wanted to have unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Musa said there was no proposal for that for now as the cost was too high. Musa said the Royal Malaysian Police also needed a communication system to enhance the force’s duties.

Meanwhile, Kedah Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, when met while at the exhibition said the state government was proud to have the exhibition in the rice-bowl state. He said the government would always cooperate with the federal government to host the exhibition that has now been held close to two decades.

Beginning in 1991, LIMA was now a premier destinaton for producers of maritime and aerospace equipment that targeted the Asia-Pacific market for the defence, enforcement and civil sectors. — Bernama

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