Cops conduct drill at Bukit Jalil stadium
KUALA LUMPUR: Police yesterday conducted their first security drill at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium as preparations for the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games in August.
City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said similar drills, dubbed “Latihamal Ex-Rimau 2017”, would also be held elsewhere.
“Under the instruction of the inspector-general of police, five security drills are slated to be held ahead of the Sea Games.
“The drill will be held again at the national stadium, followed by three more at the KLCC mosque, National Sailing Centre in Langkawi and International Endurance Park in Terengganu,” he said after the first drill yesterday.
Amar said the exercises covered five scenarios, including VIP evacuation, bomb threats, partial building collapse and armed militant attacks.
Apart from the drill, he said, scanners would be installed at every entrance of the venues.
He said among the goals of the Ex-Rimau drills were to test the ability of the crisis response team, its effectiveness in executing plans and the force’s reaction time to possible threats.
The exercise, Amar said, was also held to train personnel on how to face possible crises during an international sporting event.
“Police will not hesitate to take stern action against parties that threaten public order during Sea Games,” he said, adding that he was satisfied with yesterday’s exercise and the force was prepared to face any eventualities.
A total of 350 police personnel from the bomb disposal unit, Special Action Unit, Vat 69 commandos, Air Wing, General Operation Force, K9 and Criminal Investigations Department, were involved in yesterday’s exercise.
Amar said this was an internal drill and other agencies, such as the Civil Defence Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Health Department and Tenaga Nasional Bhd, would join the next exercise.
Policemen conducting manoeuvres during the ‘Latihamal Ex-Rimau 2017’ drill at Bukit Jalil National Stadium yesterday.
Datuk Amar Singh