Organisers urged to enhance security at major events

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Malaysia Major Events (MME) general manager Tony Nagamaiah (left) and IFPI Asia-Pacific Regional Board chairman giving the thumbs up after a press conference on the sidelines of the annual MME Symposium 2017 held at the KL Convention Centre today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Major Events (MME) will produce a blueprint on enhancing security during major events held in the country.

MME general manager Tony Nagamaiah said more often than not, security was the last priority among organisers.

He said this needed to change and security must be a top priority, as it involved the lives of thousands of people at major events.

MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia.

Tony said after the fatal attacks in Manchester, Las Vegas and Paris, there was a need to step up and relook the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We need to put in more elements into the SOPs to make it more thorough when event organisers carry things out. This is something we need to implement as soon as possible.

“We host a lot of major events, concerts and sports, so we need to ensure that every event organiser follows the process diligently and adopt the SOP.

“We will discuss with all industry players and come up with a blueprint. We are working closely with them and the police, to come up with the blueprint which will be then presented to the (home) minister, and he would most likely bring it up to cabinet for endorsement and approval.

“After that we will roll out the blueprint to the entire events industry,” he said in a press conference after the annual MME Symposium 2017 held at the KL Convention Centre here this evening.

Also present at the event were Tourism and Culture Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (Management) Yean Yoke Heng, who represented minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Olympic Council of Malaysia vice-president Mohd Nazifuddin Sri Mohd Najib and IFPI Asia-Pacific Regional Board chairman Norman Abdul Halim.

When asked on when the blueprint would be rolled out, Tony said probably after the elections, but he emphasised that “work needs to start now”.

Challenges in security and how they can be overcome, Tony said, was the focal point of discussion for the second half of the day at the symposium, themed “We Make It Happen”.

The symposium brought in all key industry players under one platform to discuss current issues on sports, arts, lifestyle and entertainment.

A terror attack at the Manchester Arena in May this year, where singer Ariana Grande was performing, resulted in 23 deaths and left over 500 more injured.

A subsequent attack at a music festival on the Las Vegas strip last month saw a gunman fatally shooting 58 people.