Update: the last i passed the setapak police station on friday, the cars are gone, probably  gone to other p/stations.

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 19. 2008): Police investigation officers (IOs) will be required to respond to crime cases within 30 minutes upon receiving a distress call with the delivery of 2,000 cars leased specially for the purpose of investigations.

Federal CID director Commissioner Datuk Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said with the Proton Waja cars from Spanco Sdn Bhd, there should be no more excuses from IO’s about having difficulty getting to crime scene due to the lack of vehicles.

He said currently response time for patrol cars to a distress call is five minutes.

Today, at Spanco’s headquarters in Gombak, he launched the use of the IOs’ cars and took delivery of the first batch of 1,100 of the vehicles.

Bakri said the cars would be distributed to state and district police nationwide for the use of IOs attached to the CID, Commercial Crime, anti-narcotics and traffic divisions.

He urged those given the use of such cars to take good care of the vehicle and to ensure it is roadworthy at all times.

“The car is not for personal but official use only. I urge those entrusted with it to also economise on fuel when driving, especially at a time when petrol prices have skyrocket,” he said, adding the maintenence of the vehicles will be undertaken by Spanco.

Mohd Bakri said the cars are embossed with police logos to deter the vehicles from being misused.

He thanked the government for the funding of the car lease which was allocated in last year’s national budget.

Although he did not say how much it will cost, sources said the lease is said to be at RM2,000 per car or RM24 million for the 2,000 cars for six months. Spanco is a company awarded contracts to lease vehicles to government agencies and departments.

Spanco chairman Major General (Rtd) Datuk Osman Mohd Zain said the police force was their biggest clients with the latest procurement. He said another 1,300 cars would be provided to the police in the near future.
Updated: 08:20PM Thu, 19 Jun 2008

I stay in Wangsa Maju, and for the past year or so, I noticed MANY MANY NEW patrol cars lying IDLE in the danau kota police station and lately also at the setapak police station. These police compound is so PACKED with these waja patrol cars. They hardly move. I bet there is a ration of 3 cars to each police staff there. Why are they just collecting dust and rust? and why rent some more?? Spanco- any vacancies in your company, i dont mind being a car saleslady! 😉