A General Operations Force (GOF) personnel was killed and another critically injured in a shootout with smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Perlis today, says Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin.
He said Corporal Baharuddin Ramli died on the spot while Corporal Norihan a/l Tari, who was badly injured, was sent to the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital in Kangar.
He said an initial investigation found that the two GOF personnel were engaged in intelligence work at the location when they were set upon by two groups of smugglers believed to comprise locals and foreigners.
Hamzah said he was informed that the shootout occurred at about 3am along Border Wall TS9 in Padang Besar, Perlis.
He said he had instructed the police to carry out a thorough investigation to identify the smugglers involved.
“The government takes a serious view of the incident and will not compromise in the matter of people committing cross-border crimes,” he said.
He also conveyed his condolences along with that of his ministry staff to Baharuddin’s family.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador, when contacted by Bernama, said he was on his way to Perlis.