12,000 personnel, $3.5 billion to fight crime

12,000 personnel, $3.5 billion to fight crime
ESSCOM security forces at Pulau Abal in Lahad Datu.

The police force will be getting 11,757 more personnel and a bigger budget to fight crime next year.

With the increase there will be a total of 113,757 policemen in the country and RM9.1 billion (S$3.6 billion) was allocated, up from the RM8.8 billion previously.

In addition to that, the force will get RM121 million to implement various crime reduction initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme.

"The force will also be strengthened with the purchase of 1,000 motorcycles for patrols," said the Prime Minister.

He said a total of 14 new police stations and state headquarters will be built, including an additional block for the headquarters in Perlis.

Najib also announced that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency will get RM804 million to strengthen itself and a further RM393 million to buy seven new patrol vessels.

The People's Volunteer Corps - better known as Rela - will receive RM117 million for training and capacity building.

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