KUALA LUMPUR: The individual who threatened to kill Johor police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay only made it out of anger and “nothing more than that”, said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.
He said such acts, however, were still against the law because any threat directed to someone was a crime.
“The police will detain and charge those who are involved (in threatening someone). As such, I advised Ayob Khan to be cautious. I myself am cautious as I too have received death threats,” he told Bernama at Bukit Aman here.
Hamid said that whatever the threats may be, he was ready for them.
It was previously reported that the Johor police was investigating a death threat made against Ayob Khan that was believed to involve three members of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
In other developments, Hamid said the new mobile police vehicle (MPV) team vests that could protect against stabs and were bulletproof was a step taken by the police to reduce injuries among the police force.
“All this while, vests have been supplied but they are worn out with age. These new high-tech bulletproof vests are lighter and better. The police will continue to try to seek allocation from the home ministry to procure these vests.
“Besides bulletproof vests, I have requested that those under my supervision be supplied with body cameras and taser guns so that they can perform their duties safer and more efficiently,” he said.
Hamid said he wanted to reduce injuries among police personnel who execute arrests or operations.
“I welcome the fact that allocation was received to buy these new vests. They will be used by the MPV patrol personnel because they are the ones who are on the ground and at the scene of incidents. They deserve to be prioritised to receive these vests.
“Currently, it is still in progress and the police will continue to remind the home ministry that we really need them,” he said.