KDN sets new SOP to address lost firearms

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 23, 2013): The Home Ministry (KDN) has established a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to address the problem of lost firearms, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the SOP would also ensure stern action would be taken against police personnel who were negligent in leaving their firearms in their cars.

"The SOP is different from the past. It will address the problem in accordance with the current situation. Nonetheless, we will take action according to the circumstances," he said in reply to a supplementary question by Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Seremban).

Loke wanted to know what were the actions taken by KDN and the police to ensure the problem of losing firearms was addressed.

To a supplementary question by Datuk Hasbullah Osman (BN-Gerik), Dr Wan Junaidi said smuggling of firearms could take place as the Malaysia-Thailand border is about 646 kilometres long.

"From the total, about 551km is land border while 95km follows the Sungai Golok in Kelantan. As a result, smugglers can swim across and bring in firearms in the pocket.

"Actually, the smugglers are clever. They only bring in certain parts of the weapon and do not smuggle a fully assembled gun in sacks, boxes or bags," he said.

Dr Wan Junaidi admitted that Malaysia did not have any sophisticated equipment to detect parts of a firearm while a scanning machine took two hours just to screen for prohibited items in a lorry.

"Also we cannot prevent lorries from carrying goods between Thailand and Malaysia as such economic transactions between the two countries are crucial to both countries," he said.

To Loke's original question on the total number of firearms seized by police, Dr Wan Junaidi said 1,097 units were confiscated from 2008 to 2013 (Jan-Sept).

He said the breakdown of seizures were semi-automatic pistols (406), revolvers (164), rifles (31), shotguns (91), air guns (120), pump guns (22), submachine guns (7), hand grenades (38) and homemade weapons (218). – Bernama