6 October 2008 IPOH (Bernama) - A total of 136 officers from the Ulu Kinta North Brigade Battalion 1 General Operation Force (PGA) would join the United Nations (UN) Peace Mission to Timor Leste for a duration of six months.
PGA Ulu Kinta Commander SAC II Datuk Azman Yusof said the first batch of 75 officers would leave to Dili from the Subang Airbase at 2.45am (Oct 7) while the second batch of 61 officers are scheduled to leave on Thursday.
"This is the second time PGA North Brigade officers are involved in the UN Peace Mission. The first batch involving members of Battalion 2 from Kulim, Kedah were called for duty in April 2006," he told reporters at the PGA Ulu Kinta base here today.
He added that all officers who had undergone extensive and intensive trainings conducted by the Royal Malaysian Police Force and UN representatives, would replace officers from the Sabah PGA who return to Malaysia, once the officers arrive in Timor Leste.
"The officers in the mission will act as a Form Police Unit (FPU) in troubled Timor Leste and will be headed by DSP Husin Fatimi," he said.
Timor Leste, situated in close proximity to Indonesia, is deemed as one of the poorest countries in the world and due to lack of job opportunities, there are crime and violence in the former Portugese colony where nearly half the population is under the age of 18.
Image: A Malaysian peacekeeper at the Nicolau Lobato airport in Dili.