New Straits Times
IGP: FBI did not request for help to trace yacht
KUALA LUMPUR: Police did not receive any request for assistance from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to trace luxury yacht Equanimity before it was impounded in Bali by the Indonesian authorities.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police were not informed of the matter by the FBI.
“There was neither request for assistance nor were we contacted (on the matter).”
It was reported that the Indonesian authorities had seized a luxury yacht, owned by Jho Low, on the resort island of Bali sought by the US Department of Justice as part of its graft investigations linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Fuzi was speaking after the signing of the Designer Rights and Licensing Agreement on the Commercialisation of i-Smart Tactical Vest (i-STV) Innovation Products in Bukit Aman here yesterday.
Present were Home Ministry secretarygeneral Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim and Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
On the i-STV, Fuzi said police personnel would be using their own protective gear
He said the i-STV, designed by 10 officers and personnel from the Federal Reserve Unit’s U7 Group in Seremban, was improved in terms of protection and safety.
He said police had acquired the patent rights and planned to commercialise the product.
“The use of i-STV can reduce cost by up to 70 per cent compared with the existing vest, which is priced at RM5,000 each.
“The (current) vests are imported from overseas and the cost is high.
“As such, this innovation will reduce cost. It (i-STV) is lighter and less warm.”
On a separate matter, Fuzi said the force was facing manpower issues in monitoring schools in crime hotspots.
“We have limited personnel to station in schools. What we have are school liaison officers nationwide, but we will focus more on these hotspot schools,” he said.
On Monday, a local daily reported that the Education Ministry would seek police assistance to monitor such schools to prevent crimes in their areas.