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M'sia must review security system to avoid tragedy
Publication Date : 23-05-2014
Malaysia must step up security for commuters to avoid tragedies such as in Taipei where a knife-wielding man attacked subway passengers, said Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“I urge the transport ministry, Land Public Transport Commission and police to review our public transport security system and plug any possible loopholes to ensure the safety of passengers,” he said in a statement.
Wednesday’s subway attack left four dead and up to 23 injured in Taiwan. A 21-year-old college student had been arrested.
“It’s important for us to learn from history to avoid such a tragedy,” said Dr Wee.
He cited the March attack in Kunming, China, where assailants killed 29 people at a railway station. In October last year, a delivery man went amok and killed two people at Gombak Putra LRT terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Wee said MCA recommended that there be auxiliary policemen along with police presence to patrol the trains.
Security check points should be set up at the entrance of stations to prevent assailants from carrying weapons or dangerous items into trains, he said.
Dr Wee said anti-terrorism and fire drills should also be conducted to prepare the public to face emergencies.
“The government must be proactive in taking pre-emptive measures to prevent any untoward incidents,” he said.