SHAH ALAM: Some 16,000 policemen will be deployed in Selangor for the coming general election, said state police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor.
He said the force had sufficient manpower to deal with any situation throughout the election period.
“We have enough personnel and we are ready,” Mazlan said after witnessing a two-day election drill that ended yesterday.
The drill involved about 500 men, including members of the Federal Reserve Unit, overcoming a group of “rioters” trying to gain access to the Shah Alam Court Complex, among other tactical moves.
“I am satisfied with what I have seen, but there are some things that we need to improve on,” Mazlan added.
Others who attended the drill included Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab, Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat, Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din and KLIA deputy OCPD Supt Mohamed Mohsein Mohamed Zon.
In George Town, police fired water cannons at “protesters” from two opposing parties after efforts to warn them to disperse proved futile.
Several “protesters” were also seen climbing the water cannon truck in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah near Dewan Sri Pinang.
They also threw homemade water bombs and firecrackers, acting out a scenario where people were unhappy with results of the general election.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said about 5,500 policemen took part in the two-day exercise.