KUALA LUMPUR: With the SEA Games some 40 days away, Bukit Aman is stepping up on preparations, with the men in blue descending into the heart of the city in a security exercise.
They will be in the vicinity of the Recreational Park in KLCC today to “defuse” a bomb and “counter” a terrorist threat.
Totalling over 400 personnel, those taking part in the security exercise – codenamed Ex Rimau – will include those from the Special Action Unit, VAT69, the Bomb Disposal Unit, the General Operations Force, CID and general duty officers.
Ground commander Deputy Comm Datuk Azizan Abd Aziz said the exercise at KLCC was designed to ensure maximum preparation for any untoward incident that might occur during the international sporting event.
“We will conduct two main scenarios – defusing a bomb found at the park as well as quelling the threat of armed terrorists in the vicinity.
“The police want to be ready to face any eventuality and any threat – be it foreign or domestic,” he told The Star yesterday.
The exercise will be conducted between 10.30am and 12.30pm today, but DCP Azizan, who is also Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order deputy director, assured the public that their activities would not be disrupted.
“We know it is a normal working day tomorrow. So, no roads will be closed.
“We will, however, cordon off certain parts of the park for the purpose of the exercise,” he said yesterday, adding that the public could still go about their daily routine.
The cops have been preparing for the exercise since yesterday, with many units on hand to conduct drills before the actual manoeuvre.
KLCC was chosen as it would be hosting several indoor events during the Games, added DCP Azizan.
“The first exercise was conducted in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. We also carried out several other exercises in Langkawi and Setiu, Terengganu.
“This is the first time an exercise of this scale is conducted in the midst of the city centre,” he said.
The series of Ex Rimau exercises will continue until July 31, which is about two weeks before the Games begin on Aug 19.
The next exercise will be at KL Sentral while the last one will again be held in Bukit Jalil.
These exercises, DCP Azizan said, were the time to make mistakes so improvements could be made.
“We want to ensure maximum readiness in terms of security. We will not take any chances,” he said, adding that with the recent terrorist attacks in London, Manchester and Indonesia as well as the current unrest in southern Philippines, security forces could not afford to let their guard down.
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