The IGP has said that he may call for the Army to assist if public security is jeopardise. My question is......isn't there enough policeman to perform public security duties? And the authorities (whoever it maybe)must understand the implications of using the Army on public security duty. I do not want Army personals to be brought to court to stand trial for murdering civilians.
I had also in my earlier articles in this blog, mentioned by total disagreement to the use of the Army for public order duties, because I believe the police has enough resources to deal with it.
I could still remember as Chief of Staff Operations at Army Field HQ in 1997, I was directed to deploy Army troops to occupy Police Field Force unit positions along the shores of the states of Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Johore. I personally do not agree with such a deployment, because guarding the shores to stop the entry of illegal immigrants is not an Army responsibility. Rather, it is an internal security issue, which is the primary responsibility of the Police. I believe the Army is still saddled with this responsibility, and there is no sign that the police would want to accept back that responsibility.
In India and Pakistan, the border areas are not manned by the Army units or formations. That role is provided for by the Border Security Forces, which are basically police units.
I do hope my explanation above is simple enough to be understood by the IGP, and to refrain from mentioning any further, the use of the Army for public order duties.