MALAYSIA - Police personnel losing guns while visiting the toilet is among the reasons cited for the 44 guns going missing over the last three years.
This was revealed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said that this was among the five reasons how the guns were lost.
He added, in a written reply to Tian Chua (PKR-Batu), that the other reasons were personnel being mugged or having it snatched, dropping them by accident, losing them in the office and having them taken when cars were broken into.
He added that seven firearms were recovered from the 44 lost between 2010 and 2012, as cited in the recent Auditor-General's Report.
Asked about the value of the missing guns and action taken against the errant cops, Ahmad Zahid said the missing guns were pistols and revolvers and the cost depended on their make and country of origin.
He added that an investigation committee had been set up by the police to look into the matter before appropriate action is taken.
"If there is evidence of negligence, the police personnel responsible can be penalised with a surcharge or disciplinary action, or both," he said.
He also said that the police information technology department would implement a new monitoring system next month.
Tian Chua expressed dismay at Ahmad Zahid's written reply, saying such carelessness would result in imprisonment if it involved the public and called for appropriate punishment to be taken against the errant personnel.
Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry Deputy Minister Datuk Abu Bakar Md Diah said, in reply to a supplementary question from Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah), that it would proceed with its second mission following the success of the first space programme.
Domestic Trade, Cooperative, and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek, meanwhile, in his reply to Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling), said the Malaysian Competition Commission had found allegations that the Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association would increase the prices of houses by 10 per cent following the recent petrol subsidy rationalisation as untrue.