Home Ministry to tweak govt agencies' firearms handling SOP

Rizalman Hammim

JOHOR BARU: The Home Ministry is looking at improving the standard operating procedures (SOP) on the issuance and management of firearms for government agencies to ensure that the weapons are all accounted for at all times.

Its deputy minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this is important because the government wants to ensure that the firearms issued to these agencies do not fall into the wrong hands.

"It is not easy to get your hands on a firearm in this country because it is strictly control by the police. However, we have to make sure that all the firearms issued are in the right hands.

"I don't think this is an issue in the police force, but we want to improve the SOP for the other government agencies which were issued with firearms," said Nur Jazlan.

He said this when asked to comment on the arrest of six men in Perak and Kedah last week for their involvement in the sales and purchase of 44 firearms belonging to the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela).

Nur Jazlan was speaking to the media after attending a dengue prevention gotong royong and walkabout in Taman Bukit Indah here organised by the Mekaraya View Residents' Association. Also present were association chairman Ricky Sow and Iskandar Puteri police chief Superintendent Noor Hashim Mohamad.