PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's multi-agency approach in dealing with the threat of bio-terrorism is exemplary, said Interpol specialised officer Dennis Adriao.
Adriao, who is attached to Interpol's bio-terrorism prevention unit at its headquarters in Lyon, France, said he was very impressed with the level of preparedness showed by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) as well as other relevant agencies during the three-day Project Vector: Bio Terrorism Evidence Exploitation Workshop held at the KL International Airport and Putrajaya.
"Malaysia has been a fantastic host (to the workshop).
"It is very good to see the police working very well with other agencies in ensuring that the authorities have the capacity to deal with any threat related to bio-terrorism," he told a press conference Friday at the conclusion of the workshop.
Adriao also saluted Malaysian authorities' preparedness in the area of bio-terrorism.
"I am very impressed with PDRM personnel and other government departments working closely together to ensure the Malaysian people stay safe.
"The objective of the exercise is to assess Malaysia's capacity in dealing with bio-terrorism smuggling and to see where we can assist in capacity-building.
"Interpol is always ready to assist its member countries in being ready to face any threat, especially bio-terrorism," he said.
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the exercise was also a platform for all the agencies involved to improve their existing standard operating procedures in dealing with bio-terrorism threats.
"It is also a way for PDRM and other agencies to improve multi-agency coordination during such emergencies.
"We hope such exercises can be conducted annually – thus, we hope Interpol can assist us in this matter," he said.
Comm Wan Ahmad added that a total of 21 personnel from various agencies including PDRM, the Immigration, Customs, and Chemistry departments, as well as Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd were involved in the exercise.
Among others present at the press conference were Bukit Aman deputy CID director Deputy Comm Datuk Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah, Bukit Aman deputy Management director Deputy Comm Datuk T. Narenasegaran, and Interpol officer Zoran Sandev.