Malaysia on war footing for Asean summit

Barack Obama will be addressing the Asean summit.Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Around 4,000 police officers will provide security for the 27th Asean summit in Malaysia this week.
Federal Internal Security director Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said extra security would be in place at KL International Airport (KLIA), the summit venue the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and the delegations’ hotels.
“In terms of security, we are ready. This is a very big event so we do not want any breach of security,” he told the Malaysian Star.
Muhammad Fuad said bomb squads would be on standby.
He added that officers had undergone training and rehearsals for the event which will be attended by US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
“We have also gone through the routes that will be used by the delegates when they arrive and identified alternative routes,” he said, adding that police had liaised with foreign missions.
Muhammad Fuad added that more than 500 police would be stationed at the KLCC at all times.
At least 1,000 military personnel will also be stationed around the Klang Valley to ensure security during the summit.
Armed forces chief Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zin said the troops would be on standby to support the police.
“Even though they will not be called into action, they will be prepared for any situation and will be on hand to provide support to any other unit,” he said.
“The army will be working closely with the police to safeguard peace and provide the highest levels of security,” he said.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein announced security measures would be heightened in response to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.
“We need to make sure that our guests are safe. Right now, I have not received any information to think otherwise, but we have to be cautious,” he said.

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