KUALA LUMPUR: The Prisons Department is keen to use a Swiss-made high-tech pistol that does not kill but is capable of restricting the movement of aggressive inmates.
Prisons Department director-general Zulkifli Omar said the use of pepper guns was an effective precautionary measure in line with current needs in managing prisoners in jail.
“This weapon can also be used in the event of fights and riots in prisons.
“It also reduces the risk of injury to the individual shot,” he said after receiving five units of the less lethal weapon — JPX Piexon — from the company, Fortress Defence Sdn Bhd, at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and the National Security (Natsec) Asia 2018 here today.
Zulkifli, who received the weapon on behalf of the Prisons Department, said they still use the electric shock weapon that could only shoot one individual at any one time.
“But the less lethal JPX Piexon is capable of shooting four individuals at a time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fortress Defence Sdn Bhd’s chief executive officer Carliff Ridzwan Carleel said the less lethal JPX Piexon uses special liquid and was capable of shooting at a speed of 685kph as far as 23 feet (seven metres).
He said those affected by the gunshot would experience blurry vision which would restrict their movements. – Bernama