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Army, police to discuss military role in border security

  • Published at 07:05 am June 4th, 2015

The Armed Forces chief of Malaysia will be meeting with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to discuss how the military can play a bigger role in border security.

The decision came from cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said the Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, reports The Star of Malaysia.

"The Cabinet decided today [Wednesday] that the Armed Forces chief and the IGP will discuss what role the military can play and participate," he said.

This followed a newspaper report quoting a purported Special Branch report saying 80% of border security personnel were on the take from human trafficking syndicates.

Hishammuddin also said he had spoken with his Thai counterpart to discuss measures to tighten the border.

On another matter, Hishammuddin reiterated his denial that he would resign as Defence Minister.

Blaming such talk on people who were trying to create a rift in Umno, the party vice-president said his recent tweets on 1MDB had been "spun" to create the perception that he would resign his Cabinet position.

"If you believe all the rumours being spread in the past few days then many ministers would have resigned by now, and (Deputy Prime Minister) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should have resigned last night," he said.

Hishammuddin said he fully supported Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib's handling of the 1MDB issue, as it was based on what he felt should be three key priorities, namely the availability of a rationalisation plan for 1MDB, accountability, and transparency in the matters relating to the fund.