Friday, December 29, 2006

1,900 Tourist Cops will be Deployed

More than 1,900 tourist police will be deployed at designated spots throughout the country during Visit Malaysia Year 2007 to ensure a pleasant stay here for foreign tourists.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Aziz said police had identified 99 areas where police personnel would be deployed to ensure the safety of tourists.
At present, there are only 268 tourist police stationed at selected locations through out the country.

Mohd Najib said the number of police personnel would be increased if there was a need.
He said the Tourism Ministry would be organising courses on safety to better equip the police personnel to handle certain situations.

“This is a good chance for the police to get exposure and be educated on how to protect tourists when they are in the country,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, who was also present at the ceremony, said the ministry was expecting an influx of 20.1mil tourists for Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

He said, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor would be at the KL International Airport on New Year’s eve to personally welcome the tourists.

“I will be at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal to welcome tourists arriving on AirAsia flights,” he added.

Source : STAR
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