Malaysia to beef up security for Asean Summit following Paris attacks: Deputy PM

Malaysia police will beef up security for the 27th Asean Summit, following the attacks in Paris, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
Malaysia police will beef up security for the 27th Asean Summit, following the attacks in Paris, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/Asia News Network) - Malaysia police will beef up security for the 27th Asean Summit, which starts on Wednesday, following the attacks in Paris, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Sunday (Nov 15).

"We are not only in a state of preparedness but are increasing our strength in terms of manpower, especially for next week when Malaysia hosts the Asean Summit," said Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister.

Besides Asean leaders, US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will also attend the summit, which will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Nov 18-22.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who was speaking at a media conference after attending a People's Progressive Party's event, assured Malaysians that authorities were closely monitoring intelligence channels to ensure that the country remained safe.

He said police would not hesitate to act immediately if there was any information of a threat to the country's security.