SUBANG: Counterterrorism training will be held at all MAHB-managed airports in stages over the next four years to further enhance safety and security.
Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said it was aimed at assisting relevant agencies at the airports to streamline standard operating procedures to effectively tackle emergencies.
“We are holding seminars and training programmes for personnel from all relevant agencies to test their readiness and assess effectiveness in handling crisis situations, including terrorism,” he said after opening the four-day seminar and training for 350 participants from 35 agencies at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (Subang) Airport here yesterday.
Called Act of Aggression, the seminar was held in collaboration with the National Security Council, the Fire and Rescue Services Department, the Aviation Security Division (AVSEC), as well as the Airport Fire and Rescue Service of Malaysia Airports.
Azmi said similar training sessions were held at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport in 2016, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 and Sandakan Airport in 2017, and the Kuching International Airport last year.
Other than Subang, this year’s training programme and seminar will also be held at the Langkawi Airport.
Apart from a two-day seminar, participants will engage in table-top exercises and dynamic display practical training.
MAHB, one of the biggest airport operators in the world, manages
40 airports worldwide, including the International Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
Malaysia Airports’ Aviation Security general manager SAC Rosli Mohd Isa said emergency and hostile scenarios would be simulated during the training to raise awareness on the need to be alert at all times, and to respond quickly to secure the perimeter.
“Practical training is essential to effectively respond to emergencies. Apart from hostile situations, situations involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRne) hazards will also be created,” he said.
Malaysia Airports’ Fire and Rescue Services general manager Abdul Malik Mohd Yunus said all international airports here have a team equipped to handle CBRne threats.