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New sets of wheels for the cops soon, as federal police logistics department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah has told the New Straits Times that the government has OK-ed the purchase of 250 patrol sedans and 220 four-wheel drive vehicles, since 90% of the force’s vehicles have reached their eight-year threshold period of “economic usefulness.”

“Most of the vehicles approved for purchase will be used in Sabah and Sarawak as well as highlands in the peninsula. We hope the government will approve the force’s application to privatise maintenance so that such issues will not recur,” the NST quoted Zulkifli as saying.

According to the third series of the 2013 Auditor General’s report that was released on Monday, nearly 70% of police vehicles were over eight years old in 2013 – specifically, 15,626 of the 22,726 vehicles owned were beyond “economic usefulness.” Out of 3,635 patrol cars, 1,530 had reached the eight-year threshold at the end of 2013, it said.

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“We appreciate the fact that the report has highlighted the problems faced by the force. However, the allocation approved by the government for the maintenance of these vehicles is inadequate. This is why we are proposing the privatisation concept,” said Zulkifli.

To replace the Royal Malaysian Police’s (PDRM) aged vehicles, the ministry has applied for RM180 million to be allocated for 2014 and a further RM150 million for 2015, the report stated.

It added that out of five district police headquarters visited, 72 patrol cars were out of service for one to four weeks, 81 for five to 24 weeks and four for more than 45 weeks, due to the shortage of mechanics at police workshops and a lack of spare parts.