Cops hold drill to test readiness for terror attack

  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 May 2017

Practice makes perfect: Members of the elite police unit taking part in a special anti-terrorism exercise at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in preparation for the SEA Games. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Just days after terror attacks in Philippines and Indonesia, city and federal police conducted a special drill at the Bukit Jalil Stadium here to test their res­ponse and operations in the event of any untoward incident.

The drill was also held as Malaysia will be hosting the SEA Games later this year, with a large number of the events to be held at the stadium.

The biennial Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30, with 405 events in 38 sports to be featured in this year’s edition.

A total of 350 personnel from various units showed their abilities to respond to dangerous situations if anything untoward should occur during the Games.

“Among the units involved were the VAT69, Special Action Force, Bomb Disposal Unit, General Opera­tions Force, CID and general duty personnel,” said City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh.

“We played out several scenarios including extraction of VIP’s, dealing with a bomb threat and building collapse,” he told repor­ters after overseeing the exercise yesterday.

He said he was happy with the results of the exercise, but there was still room for improvement.

“The exercise was conducted to identify any shortcomings and im­­prove. We are ready for any eventuality and have enough personnel to handle these situations.

“If anyone tries anything, we will be ready for them,” he said, adding that other exercises would be held here as well as in Langkawi, Kedah and Setiu, Terengganu where some of the Games’ events will be held.

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