SOME 500 police personnel from Perak were involved in a security exercise in the run-up to the 14th General Election that must be held on or before Aug 24.
The exercise saw the men and women in blue conducting security drills to address any untoward incident that might occur during the elections.
The drill was held in front of the official residence of the mentri besar on a stretcg of road along Jalan Raja Di-Hilir to Istana Kinta on Jalan Sultan Nazrin Shah last Sunday.
Perak Police Chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the drill involved personnel from the Federal Reserve Unit, Light Strike Force (LSF), Criminal Investigation Department, and traffic police.
“I am 99% satisfied with the drill, though we need to work on the 1% to improve on certain are,” Comm Hasnan told reporters after the completion of the exercise.
Describing the exercise, he said the scenario in the drill simulated the day the elections results were announced.
In the scenario, “supporters” from two different political parties whose election results are deadlocked march to the official residence of the mentri besar, to urge him to choose a party to form the government.
Comm Hasnan said, the moment the police received information about the gathering the traffic unit was deployed to the area to manage the traffic situation.
LSF and Public Order and Riot Unit (PORU) were then deployed to the site as the situation escalated and “rioters” started to burn tyres, and overturn a car.
“The crowd then began marching towards Istana Kinta to seek an audience with the Sultan.
“While marching towards the palace, the groups became even bigger, from the original 200 people growing to some 300.
“They start to become aggressive, throwing bottles, firecrackers, and breaking police barriers,” he said, adding that the exercise concluded when the FRU, using water cannons and tear gas, dispersed the crowd.
The realism of the exercise went so far as to simulate injuries among both rioters and police personnel and the arrest of 15 people for rioting in a public place.
“We also invited personnel from the army as observers and to give their input to improve the drill,” said Comm Hasnan.