KUALA LUMPUR: A dedicated military team is ready to deal with any potential threat during the 29th SEA Games being hosted here.
The Anti-Terrorism Readiness Troop, comprising 427 army personnel of various ranks including 32 officers, have been given the task of defusing any possible terrorist situation.
They will be stationed at army camps in Kem Sungai Besi, Kem Wardieburn and Kem Kentomen and can be deployed at a moment's notice.
Armed forces personnel will also be working with police in Operasi Kawal to monitor and patrol 38 locations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya throughout the Games which opens on Aug 19.
These locations include Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Shah Alam Stadium, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport and many other locations.
Over 2,000 military personnel will be involved in the opening and closing ceremonies.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said it was crucial for the army to work as a team to ensure the games go smoothly.
"The army and the police are the frontliners responsible for security," he said.
Hishammuddin added that the eyes of the world are now on Malaysia.
"The world is facing new threats and we are looking to the army to ensure the country upholds its sovereignty and pride," he said after witnessing a counter-terrorism demonstration by the Troop.
Hishammuddin said he was impressed by the armed forces' preparedness and hoped that the games would not be marred by any unwanted incidents.
"The cooperation among the armed forces is commendable, and this is important especially when faced with enemies who will stop at nothing to harm us," he said.
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