The government has no plan to dissolve the General Operations Force (GOF), the Dewan Rakyat was told Monday.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said the force was still relevant in maintaining security and public order.
“As a component of the Royal Malaysia Police, the GOF is still relevant and they can be deployed in any police department, division or unit,” he said in reply to Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Bukit Bendera).
Liew wanted to know whether the government had any plan to dissolve the force and absorb its personnel into other police unit to fight crime.
Abu Seman said the GOF, previously known as the Police Field Force, now had a strength of 12,746 officers and personnel.
He said at the moment, GOF personnel were tasked with combating smuggling activities, thwarting the entry of illegal immigrants, battling sea robberies and maintaining security at Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complexes at the Malaysia-Thailand and Malaysia-Indonesia borders.
“They are also involved in providing security to VIPs, securing strategic areas such as international airports and providing relief in times of disaster.
“The GOF also involves in crime-prevention in hot spot areas under the National Key Result Area,” he said, adding that GOF personnel were fully trained in crime-prevention duties.