KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) with the collaboration of the local defence industry have activated the usage of drones to monitor public movement throughout the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The General of MAF, Tan Sri Affendi Buang said, the drones will be used according to the situation at 12 hotspots nationwide, especially the capital to assist enforcers in strengthening the control of MCO.
According to him, the drones indirectly increase the capability of MAF in using technology for aerial monitoring thus, strengthening the efficiency of the military in enforcing the law.
“It can fly silently and penetrate into areas difficult to access by the team and will always operate above us, assisting to advise the stubborn public to stay at home.
“We will also send the units to areas outside KL according to the situation if there are stubborn groups which refuse to avoid outdoor activities. However, we can yet to expand this to nationwide.
“Nevertheless, it will focus on targeted areas. With this, we hope to have efficient movement control operations and our team will be at its highest efficacy,” he said after witnessing the launch of the drones along with the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
Also present was the Chief Police of Brickfields Assistant Commissioner Zairulnizam Mohd [email protected] Hilmi and the Deputy Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Yong Lei Choo.
However, Affendi refused to disclose about the number of drones which will be used in the monitoring operations. Instead, he said, it would be enough to cover the hot spots, especially in public focussed areas.
According to him, the assets are implemented with the cooperation of the government and the contribution by the local defence industry. Thus, they can be used in many areas throughout the MCO.
Elaborating on the further actions which would be taken if the public is tracked and caught by the drones, Affendi said that besides capturing high resolution pictures, the enforcers at the area will be rushed to the location.
“Besides monitoring, the drones and also advise the stubborn public not to go out in three languages; Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil clearly.
“We can also replace the endurance time of the drones to remain operating in the air for 40 minutes and even over an hour (bigger drones) and move between areas to cover bigger areas,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette