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BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) will not be turned into a new department but would be retained in its present structure as a unit.
UPP Director-General Datuk Ab Rahim Ismail said the main task of the unit as a team to prevent smuggling activities remained effective although it was not made into a department.
"The three-in-one concept, which is a team comprising police, customs and immigration department personnel, to set up the UPP had been functioning smoothly since its inception in 1976. At the moment, there is no necessity for a restructuring," he told reporters after the launching of the 36th anniversary celebrations of the UPP by Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Lee Chee Leong at the UPP Complex, Bukit Kayu Hitam today.
Ab Rahim disclosed this when asked to comment on the proposal made several years ago to turn the UPP into a new department, adding that the UPP was no longer a dumping ground for 'unwanted' officers or personnel.
"...It's true that many people used to turn down when there were moves to absorb them into the UPP previously, but now no personnel or officers would turn down an offer to join the UPP," said Ab Rahim, who is also the Secretary of the Border Policing and Security Division of the Home Ministry.
Meanwile in his speech earlier, Lee expressed confidence that the UPP was capable of implementing the transformation to further strengthen the unit's role and functions in checking smuggling activities along the border areas. Bernama