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Rocket-propelled grenade boost for security
Published on: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tawau: The Tiger Platoon of the General Operations Force (GOF) in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) will be given priority in using the new version of the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) from Bulgaria.

Federal Internal Security and Public Order Director, Datuk Seri Muhammad Sabtu Osman (pic), said the use of the RPG was to bolster the strength of the GOF in safeguarding land and sea security in the Esszone.

"This is not the latest such weapon but new in the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and its members in Tawau will be the first group handling these rocket-propelled grenades.

"The marine police and other units in PDRM will also be supplied with RPGs but the first priority will be given to the GOF's Tiger Platoon," he said after a programme on handling the RPG at the Tinagat Shooting Range, here, Tuesday.

Muhammad Sabtu said the programme conducted by trainers from the VAT 69 Commando Unit was to give the GOF members early exposure to handling of the RPG.


Meanwhile, he said no armed group had recently sneaked into Sabah, including in the Felda Sahabat area, Lahad Datu, as reported on May 14.

He said after thorough investigation and checks conducted at the said location, the security forces found no evidence of infiltration by any armed group of late in the area.

"The claim made was just unverified information," he said, adding that increasing security personnel in areas at risk would depend on information received from time to time.

"Currently, it is safe and the security situation under control in Sabah, including in the Esszone," he said.

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