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Many M'sians want to bulletproof their vehicles
Publication Date : 01-08-2013
Malaysians, who are known for "pimping their ride" (decorating and upgrading their cars), are now looking to bulletproof their vehicles.
There have also been enquiries on making the windows of their houses bullet proof.
A check showed that one can bulletproof the windows of a Perodua Kancil car for around 1,000 ringgit (US$308) but it can be more expensive for other models.
A source from a German car company revealed that one of their flagship models, which is a fully bulletproof version, would cost around 5 million ringgit ($1.5 million).
Meanwhile, STEC Laminates director James Thomas said enquiries for security protection of cars have increased during the last week.
“Our main market is not in Malaysia. We export our materials to 30 other countries.
“Since the shooting incidents, enquiries here have increased and we have received five calls in one week,” said Thomas.
STEC Holdings specialises in armour resistance units, which were initially made for smash-and-grab cases but Thomas said the dense material of the unit also protects the vehicle from bullets.
“The armour reduces the velocity of the bullet and it does not penetrate the armour.
“The material is specially developed and can stand up to three to five gunshots at a time,” he said, adding that bulletproof cars in Malaysia are commonly used by corporate figures and politicians.
A glass company Secu Glass Sdn Bhd representative claimed that people have also enquired about bulletproof glass for houses and vehicles.
She also said that orders had increased after the recent spate of shooting incidents as more people are concerned for their own safety.
Bulletproof glass, which is also known as ballistic glass, is a type of strong but optically transparent material that is resistant when struck by bullets.
It is common in the market and according to the Malaysia road transport department, there are no regulations when it comes to bulletproof vehicles and it is based on the owner’s initiative to install it on their vehicle.
National car inspection centre, Puspakom, also said there are no regulations or licensing when it comes to bulletproof vehicles.