GOVT READY TO DEAL WITH TER­ROR THREATS

Se­cu­rity com­mit­tee set up to deal with at­tacks if they hap­pen dur­ing event

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THE gov­ern­ment has in­creased se­cu­rity to deal with ter­ror threats in the 29th Sea Games. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil had is­sued a di­rec­tive to es­tab­lish a mech­a­nism on cri­sis man­age­ment.

He said to fur­ther en­hance readi­ness, po­lice had been col­lab­o­rat­ing with other gov­ern­ment agen­cies to hold ex­er­cises in Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium, Langkawi, Kuala Tereng­ganu and other lo­ca­tions here.

He said in April, the gov­ern­ment had set up a High-Level Com­mit­tee (HLC) for the Sea Games, which is pro­moted as Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017).

Chaired by Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, the HLC formed a KL2017 Anti-ter­ror­ism Task Force, which is helmed by the po­lice with as­sis­tance from the armed forces.

The task force will re­spond if ter­ror at­tacks oc­curred dur­ing the Sea Games.

Zahid called for pub­lic co­op­er­a­tion as it would be vi­tal in deal­ing with ter­ror at­tacks.

“The prime ob­jec­tive in cri­sis man­age­ment is to solve it as fast as pos­si­ble to save lives and prop­er­ties. It is ab­so­lutely vi­tal to pre­vent a cri­sis from hap­pen­ing within a cri­sis,” he said.

Po­lice would de­ploy 12,000 per­son­nel dur­ing the games to en­sure safety and pub­lic or­der.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they would be de­ployed at event venues as well as the ac­com­mo­da­tion of ath­letes and of­fi­cials.

Khalid was speak­ing af­ter at­tend­ing the fi­nal ex­er­cise dubbed “Ex-Ri­mau” at the Royal Malaysian Po­lice col­lege in Cheras yes­ter­day.

It was wit­nessed by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, Zahid, De­fence Min­is­ter Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Zulk­ifeli Mohd Zin, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed and Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ex­er­cise, the VIPs saw how po­lice com­man­dos stormed a bus “cap­tured” by “gun-wielding ter­ror­ists”.

Alight­ing from he­li­copters and ar­moured ve­hi­cles, the ter­ror­ists were neu­tralised in a dis­play of rapid as­sault. Ex­plo­sions and gun­fire were heard be­fore the ter­ror­ists were dragged out of the bus and pinned to the ground.

The po­lice com­man­dos also demon­strated an air­borne as­sault by six com­man­dos us­ing steer­able para­chutes af­ter jump­ing off a he­li­copter.

PIC BY EIZAIRI SHAM­SUDIN

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and De­fence Min­is­ter Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein with po­lice­men af­ter the ‘Ex-Ri­mau’ se­cu­rity ex­er­cise at the Royal Malaysian Po­lice col­lege in Cheras yes­ter­day.

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