Police to expand UTK size

MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Police will expand its elite Special Actions Unit (UTK) on the face of increased responsibilities and duties.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the force is seeking to increase the number of the elite unit to 750, within the next two years.

He said the move to expand UTK will benefit the police force which is responsible to safeguard the country’s security.

“From the total 410 operatives today, only over 300 are currently active.

“The UTK is facing constraints as many of the task given to them involves Sabah's east coast and west coast.

“At the same time, the operatives are also responsible to safeguard the country’s dignitaries such as the King as well as those from other nations,” said Fuzi during his visit to the

UTK headquarters at the General Operations Force's Central Brigade Shooting Range Complex here in Cheras today.

He hopes that the government would give the necessary consideration to increase the number of personnel in the Police’s special operations unit.

Fuzi also said that there is a need to increase the allowances provided to the UTK operatives.

He said the last time the allowances for the elite personnel was some 10 years ago.

“I believe it is time that matters concerning the welfare of the UTK operatives such as their allowance be reviewed as a sign of recognition for their services for the country.

“This is especially true considering the impotent role and contribution of the UTK which include combating communist and terrorist threats such as during the Tanduo incident in 2013.

“Not to mention the challenging test and training that the unit members had to face and qualify in order to serve in the UTK,” he said adding that the move would also attract more people to join the unit.

Fuzi said currently, UTK operatives receive a monthly allowance between RM750 to RM900 per month and they and seek to propose an increase of between RM1,000 and RM2,000. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd