Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Police take charge of security at KKIA today


Security control at three international airports, namely Penang, Sabah and Sarawak would come under the purview of the Police, starting 8am this day morning to raise the safety standards at all three airports. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the General Operation Force (PGA) from Sabah, Sarawak and North Brigade Battalion would commence duty at the Bayan Lepas International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and Kuching International Airport, replacing the Malaysia Airport Berhad’s Auxiliary Police. “The focus will be on providing security at the International airports’ terminals and other vital installations, including the parameters,” said Musa in a statement here yesterday. Musa said the PGA would be tasked to prevent trespassing, treason, terrorism and criminal activities to ensure the safety of the building and public. Musa said Chief Insp Mohd Nazlan Hambali would head the operation in Kota Kinabalu and ASP Rosdi Enai takes charge of duties in Kuching while ASP Mokhtar Mohd Noor heads Bayan Lepas operations. Apart from the three units stationed at the respective airports, Police would also station “Tiger Platoon” units from PGA on standby duty to counter any crisis. On May 15, Police had also taken over security control at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Musa added that the presence of the PGA would further strengthen and tighten security at airports while other Police units on duty at airports would continue to serve in their respective capacities. “Better security means safer working environment for local and foreign airlines which will certainly help develop the economy of the country,” said Musa. - Bernama