Tuesday September 18, 2012
Chor: Gun policy not nationwide
By REGINA LEE
PETALING JAYA: The policy of allowing local councils to equip their enforcement personnel with firearms will not be implemented nationwide, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.
He said the local councils could go ahead with the plan to arm their enforcement team if they had already received approval from the Home Ministry.
“But not every enforcement team needs to be armed with weapons unless the officers anticipate a very rowdy crowd,” he said here yesterday.
Chor said he had concerns about local council officers carrying guns despite this being effective in discouraging violence.
“I personally would not advise all local councils to apply for permits.
“There is a lot of hassle when storing firearms and if used improperly, it will be a liability,” he said.
Chor was responding to a statement by Subang Jaya local council (MPSJ) enforcement director Ahmad Hassan that its officers would be carrying pistols more regularly following a confrontation with foreign workers on Thursday.
The officers, said Ahmad, had been carrying at least one pistol during their raids at potentially risky business outlets since obtaining the licence four years ago.