Asean summit: Security sweeps ahead of meet

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015

Taking no chances: Auxiliary police officers guarding the international arrival gate at the KLIA. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has begun conducting security sweeps at strategic locations here ahead of the 27th Asean Summit.

With all personnel on high alert following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the sweeps will focus on the hotels for the dignitaries, said Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim.

“The sweeps or flushing are conducted at the hotels a few hours prior to the arrival of the leaders.

“The arrivals of the leaders differ, thus the sweeps are done at different times,” he told The Star yesterday.

On top of that, security has been tightened with police personnel mobilised at strategic locations, including the KL International Airport, Parliament House and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

For the summit, Comm Muham-mad Fuad said personnel would also be placed along the routes used by the various leaders, especially from KLIA to the respective hotels and the main venue of the summit.

He said the number of personnel had also been increased on top of the 4,000 manpower announced earlier.

“We will rope in more VAT 69 personnel and those from the Armed Forces. Security will be airtight for the leaders and dignitaries attending the summit,” he said.

He explained that other than uniformed personnel, there would also be plainclothes personnel at the various locations.

“Sometimes, the police personnel will be in the background and not in uniform.

“Rest assured, we are there. The safety and security of the people is our utmost priority,” he said.

The police are ready for any possibilities or threat, he added.

“My men have trained hard to prepare for the summit. They (the leaders) will be guarded by our finest personnel,” he said.

Among the leaders expected to attend the summit are those from the Asean dialogue partner countries, such as US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said 1,000 military personnel would be deployed to help the police ensure security in Kuala Lumpur is at its highest level during the Asean Summit and related summits from today until Nov 22, reports Bernama.

He said other Armed Forced units would be on standby at strategic locations in the Klang Valley.

In Alor Setar, Perlis police chief Senior Asst Comm Shafie Ismail said they had taken note of terror attacks around the world and were prepared for any cross-border crime.

“I’ve had a meeting with the National Security Council and the General Operations Force on steps to further strengthen our border,” he said.

He said there were about 350 GOF personnel patrolling the Perlis-Thailand border at the moment.

Kedah Immigration Department director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said they had beefed up security at the state’s Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) complexes in Bukit Kayu Hitam and Durian Burung.

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