Saturday, May 19, 2012

Nong Chik: Special Training for DBKL Enforcement Officers to Counter Demonstrations

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR (May 14): Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement personnel will be provided special training to prepare for possible demonstrations or illegal rally in the future.

Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said such training was necessary for the nation's current scenario, whereby more illegal demonstrations are expected, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

"It's better if our enforcement personnel are trained to handle illegal rallies, big or small, because they will be provoked during such demonstrations," he told reporters after a working visit and launch of the DBKL Enforcement Department-level "Keep Smiling 2012" campaign, here on Monday.

The campaign hopes to encourage a customer-friendly culture and courtesy among staff under the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry and its agencies.

Commenting further on the training, Raja Nong Chik said talks have been carried out with the Home Ministry.

"I've discussed with (Home Minister) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, and we will work with his ministry to prepare a detailed information on the training," he said.

He said talks would also be held with the police since the force has already been trained for such situations.

"The police may lead the training, but this still depends on the outcome of the meeting. DBKL may not have specific equipment to face these demonstrations, so an allocation for such equipment may be provided as well," he said. — Bernama

Wan Ahmad Masuwaradi

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