By Oleh Amirul Mohd Sajadi
SUBANG JAYA, May 21 -- While flying high over the Malaysian sky to ensure no illegal immigrants entered the country, Op Benteng members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Air Operation Team (PGU) break fast in their helicopter with a simple meal - a date and a small bottle of mineral water.
PGU assistant pilot ASP Mohammad Firdaus Rosli said this year’s Ramadan was different from previous years.
“During this COVID-19 period, we conduct six patrols a day... so much time is spent in the helicopter.
“Despite being away from our families, this effort is necessary to ensure that no outside elements encroached the country’s borders for fear that they might bring in new COVID-19 import clusters into the country,” he said.
Last night, he boarded the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter with three crew members and a Bernama journalist to conduct a surveillance along the coast of the Straits of Melaka around Selangor and Perak.
Also involved in the aerial surveillance was Inspector Adam Abdullah of the Marine Police, who is responsible for identifying suspicious boats or ships.
“This is my third time breaking fast on a helicopter. Although the atmosphere is slightly different from breaking fast on a ship at sea, the camaraderie of sharing food with fellow crew members is not that different,” he said.
It is clear from observing them that the security forces are working hard to ensure that the country’s security is maintained and are willing to work hard to ensure that Malaysians can break fast and do all kinds of activities in a safe and secure environment.
Op Benteng was activated under the National Task Force, led by the Malaysian Armed Forces, the PDRM and Maritime Malaysia, to tighten national borders from illegal immigrants and to prevent cross-border crime as well as to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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