Govt to set up monitoring centre for KL Sentral, says Zahid

ahmad-zahid-hamidi-monitorKUALA LUMPUR: The government has proposed to establish a centralised monitoring centre for KL Sentral to, among others, enhance the overall security at the nation’s main public transportation hub.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday he had instructed home ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim to prepare a proposal in a month for him to table to the Cabinet.

Alwi is also chairman of the Central Committee on Prime Targets.

Zahid spoke to reporters after a working visit to KL Sentral after which he also took a ride on the newly-launched phase two of the MRT, boarding a train at the Muzium Negara station and alighting at the Merdeka station.

He was accompanied by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and MRCB managing director Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said the monitoring centre was a long-term measure to step up the security aspects at prime target locations, such as KL Sentral.

“In this regard, we have agreed to propose a centralised monitoring system for synchronisation with the existing system to link it directly to the police. This is to enable centralised monitoring and the police can act directly. There is no need for several levels of communications,” he said.

Zahid said he would discuss with Prime Minister Najib Razak on the allocation to finance the cost of setting up the centre.

“This is to determine between direct funding from the Treasury or through collaboration with the private sector or government-linked companies,” he said.

Zahid said that as a short-term measure to step up security at the transportation hub that sees visits by almost 200,000 people daily, he had called for an increase in the number of auxiliary policemen stationed there in a month from now.