Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani has clarified that no purchase has been made on any of the luxurious police vehicles seen in viral social media images recently.
Acryl reportedly told local Malay daily Berita Harian the five vehicles consisting of BMW M3, X3, and Volkswagen Tiguan models were undergoing two weeks of testing.
He said that the vehicles were still in the stage of proof of concept (testing their feasibility).
“The police are only using those vehicles for a two-week trial and no agreement has been made at this point.
Recently, several images of luxurious vehicles equipped with police markings and accessories went viral on social media.
The images attracted mixed comments from netizens – some commended the police for the upgrade while others questioned the necessity of spending taxpayers’ money while the country is still gripping with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Internal Safety and Public Order Department director Hazani Ghazali also told Berita Harian the vehicles were offered by a company to the police.
However, Hazani stressed that the decision (whether to purchase them) would not be made in the near future, as the police are aware of the financial constraint the government is facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. – Malaysiakini