Army to help maintain order if need arises
KUALA LUMPUR: The armed forces will be called in to assist police in maintaining public order if the security situation of the country warrants it, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
“However, this will only be done after consultation with the Home Affairs and Defence Ministers,” he told reporters after witnessing the launch of the inaugural six-day joint police-armed forces exercise at the Royal Malaysian Police Senior Officers College in Cheras Wednesday.
Musa said it was the responsibility of both the police and armed forces to ensure that peace and security prevailed in the country at all times.
He said one of the reasons why the police and armed forces held the joint exercise was to ensure they were prepared for the situation, following recent challenges faced by law enforcement agencies here.
“The exercise is also to enhance the cooperation between the police and the army, besides helping improve coordination, logistics and communication between the two forces,” he added.
Army chief Jen Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Zainal said the exercise would be held in two phases to better enhance implementation during a national security-threatening scenario.
“The first phase will involve discussions and, when the time is right, proceed to deployment,” he said, adding that the idea was first mooted about two years ago.
Musa, when asked about the police report made by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against him and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, refused to comment and said that it was under investigation.