ONCE UPON A TIME, THE TASER WAS MENTIONED AS A WEAPON TO BE USED AGAINST BERSIH 4. The idea was abandoned.
WHAT WILL YOU FACE AT BERSIH 5?
The FRU has acquired 140 TMP and five VKS and flash launchers. All three weapons fire pepper balls which are said to be more effective than tear gas.
Will pepper balls be used during the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19?
15 Oct 2016
Ouch! Guide to the FRU’s newest weapon, pepperballshttp://dlvr.it/MSQcBF
KINIGUIDE Have you ever played paintball? Did you get hit by one of its many colourful pellets?
It stings. It bruises. It ruins your clothes. Add chilli extract to the mix however, and you have a crowd control device in your hands.
What are pepperballs?
They are spherical pellets similar to those used in the sport known as paintball, and come with compressed-gas powered launchers for the pellets.
According to Sinchew Daily, Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, and other media reports, the police bought three types of pepperball launchers.
FRU commander Wan Abdullah Ishak was quoted saying that the police bought five Variable Kinetic Systems (VKS), hundreds of Tactical Marking Pistols (TMP), and five Flash Launchers. Reports vary on whether 140 or 150 TMPs were acquired.
What comes out of these launchers?
PepperBall Inc markets a range of projectiles for its pepperball launchers, including one known as ‘Live’, and the ‘Live X’ that is supposedly 10 times more potent.
Based on the company’s website and several demonstration videos, these pellets would break upon impact and disperse a puff of pelargonic acid vanillylamide (pava) powder.
The powder is meant to irritate a person’s eyes and respiratory system, in hopes of incapacitating him or encouraging him to leave the area. It also causes a burning sensation on the skin.
Is it going to be used during the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19?
Yes. Wan Abdullah was reportedly asked this question, and he responded in the affirmative.
14 Oct 2016
FRU gets new weapons to deal with illegal rallies
The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) will be equipped with new weapons to deal with illegal rallies.
According to Utusan Malaysia, the FRU’s new arsenal includes variable kinetic systems (VKS), tactical marking pistols (TMS) and flash launchers.
All three weapons fire pepper balls, which are similar to the pepper spray but are fired as projectiles.
FRU commander Wan Abdullah Ishak said the weapons are non-lethal and are better than tear gas.
“(They) are not dangerous against rioters, participants of illegal rallies and even our own personnel compared to tear gas.
“This is because with the weapon, it is easier to target specific individuals – like an aggressive rioter, without affecting other people and it is safe to use,” he was quoted saying.
Wan Abdullah was overseeing the FRU new weapons training in Tampoi, Johor yesterday.
Fact Sheet – August 25: No tasers, just tear gas, water cannons and batons