KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian police has bought 25 high-powered Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution cars to catch criminals and speed hogs.
The cars, worth several millions of ringgit, would be fitted with safety gadgets and would sport the looks of police patrol cars.
Sources said the police had already taken possession and were testing the cars before sending them to the Road Transport Department for registration and approval.
“The cars are to be used in high-speed car chase, especially in cases of carjacking, kidnapping and hijacking.
“The speed of the cars would enable the police to catch up with criminals who often used modified turbo charged cars to escape,” they said.
Several police personnel have been sent to undergo intensive driving classes to ensure they are able to handle the super charged cars, they added.
The cars, they said, would also be used by the highway patrol unit to monitor speed hogs or illegal racers.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan confirmed the purchase but declined to elaborate. - source thestar.com.my
Now, this is a very good thing. Despite spending millions to better arm our criminal-fighting-armada, Malaysian Police will at least have a fighting chance over highly funded criminals in Malaysia.
Buying a Mitsubishi Evolution X for this purpose will also send a message to local car manufacturers that their cars are no where good enough for this purpose. Car manufacturing industries are getting very competitive and if local manufacturers keep ignoring this threat, they are going to lose business soon.
From my opinion, they should have diversified the purchase slightly. Maybe they can throw in Nissan GTR into the mix.