KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — Police will strengthen existing security if serious threats are posed against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today.
The country’s Number 1 policeman reiterated that the government had not withdrawn but only scaled down the number of bodyguards from the police Special Action Unit — better known by its Malay abbreviation UTK.
“A UTK officer is still with him, there is only scaling down of security.
“It all depends on the threat, if there is a serious threat against him, then we will give him the appropriate security needed.
‘We have female UTK personnel guarding his wife and we are also watching his house too. There have been various parties making accusations and the issue itself has already been explained the past few days in the newspaper,” he told reporters at the UTK training centre in Cheras.
Dr Mahathir had intimated in a November 1 post on his Facebook page that the government had withdrawn the UTK’s services, which the Prime Minister’s Department refuted yesterday, saying it was still paying for 21 staff at the 92-year-old’s home and office.