After Bersih rally, City Hall to train officers for crowd control
KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement personnel will be provided special training to prepare them for demonstrations or illegal rallies.
Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Datuk Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin (picture) said such training was necessary as 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 today.
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.
Raja Nong Chik said talks have been held with the Home Ministry about the training.
“I’ve discussed with Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (Home Minister), and we will work with his ministry to prepare detailed information on the training,” he said.
He said talks would also be held with the police since the force is already 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 demonstrations, so an allocation for such equipment may be provided as well,” he said. — Bernama