RM27.6b Allocated To Beef Up National Security

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced a RM27.6 billion allocation to beef up national security and increase the level of safety and public order when tabling the Budget  2015 in Dewan Rakyat today. Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, said to increase the level of safety and public order as well as national security, RM17.7 billion would be allocated to the armed forces, RM9.1 billion to police and RM804 million to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

In efforts to reduce crime rate in the country, the government will increase the intake of policemen by 11,757 personnel, build 14 police headquarters and police stations, including a new block for the Perlis police contingent headquarters. To strengthen the presence of police and patrolling duties, Najib said 1,000 units of motorcycles would be purchased, while an allocation of RM121 million was provided to the police to implement various programmes under the National Key Result Areas.

 The Prime Minister said to increase the readiness of the armed forces personnel and assets, RM7 billion will be allocated to purchase and maintain defence assets as well as to improve the welfare of armed forces personnel, including health services and housing. H said to improve maritime safety, the MMEA will be allocated RM393 million to improve the operational efficiency and the purchase of seven new patrol vessels. He said RELA, under the Home Ministry, would continue to be a voluntary agency to assist the security forces to maintain peace and security of the nation. In view of this, RM117 million will be allocated to RELA for training and capacity-building.

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