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Malaysia aims to deploy nearly 2,000 police to guard tourists

Malaysia aims to deploy nearly 2,000 police to guard tourists

About 2,000 more Malaysian police will be needed to protect foreign tourists and prevent crime at holiday attractions during a major tourism campaign next year, a news report and an official said Friday.
There are now 266 police tasked with guarding tourists at 99 popular locations nationwide, but their ranks will have to be bolstered in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007, Deputy Inspector General of Police Najib Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying by the national news agency, Bernama.
"The (current) number is insufficient," Najib said, adding that the police force has applied to the government to hire more personnel.
An official at the federal police headquarters, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements, confirmed the report, which stated that the number of additional tourist police required was more than 1,900.
Malaysia expects 20.1 million tourists next year _ about 2.6 million more tourists than in 2006. The campaign is projected to pull in 44.5 billion ringgit (US$12.6 billion;