PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 — Privately-owned aerial drones will no longer be allowed during public protests and rallies, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) claimed that their use during such events could pose a security threat.
“We ban anyone from using drones during rallies anymore. No more drones at all,” Khalid told reporters during a press conference.
“There are safety and security issues behind it, that’s why we decided,” Khalid explained.
Khalid did not specify the law that would be applied on those who defied the ban.
Aerial drones are legal to own, but operators are technically required to register these with the Department of Civil Aviation. The DCA previously said that permits were required to purchase the unmanned craft.
Khalid today said the ban was only for members of the public, as police were considering deploying the four drones that it currently owns to monitor such events.
“We have already used it at big events and rallies. It will help us to record faces that we need to record.
“We started end of last year, this is very technical. We have four drones now, we would like to add on more in the future,” Khalid said.
Drones were previously used by media organisations and professional photographers during rallies such as Bersih 4 last year for videos and photographs.