Wesak Day: Security beefed up due to terror threat

Wesak Day: Security beefed up due to terror threat

KUALA LUMPUR: The Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields have taken all the necessary measures to ensure security for visitors attending Wesak Day celebrations and those following the procession.

“We have already spoken to the police and Special Branch (SB). They would be providing extra security with plain clothes personnel at the temple on the eve and on Wesak Day,” said the temple’s honorary secretary, Tilak Leslie Jayawardena.

The SB have given their assurance to ensure the celebration will be without incidents.

“There would also be officers wearing plain clothes during the Wesak Day procession. We are expecting a crowd of upto 30,000 people attending the celebration,” he added.

The float procession that would begin at 6pm covers a distance of 12 kilometres over a period of four hours.

The Buddhist temple is also cooperating with police from three police stations for security purposes.

The three are Dang Wangi and Brickfields district police headquarters; and Jalan Tun HS Lee traffic police station.

In addition to that, People’s Volunteer Corps, better known as Rela would also be roped in to prevent incidents of snatch thefts.

Leslie also urged the people who would be attending the celebration to be wary of their surroundings.

Concerns over security on the Wesak Day which falls on Sunday have been raised due to possible terror attacks by the Islamic State.

Earlier this week, Bukit Aman announced the detention of four men including two foreigners who planned to attack non – Muslim places of worship, including the Buddhist monastery.

They reasoned that they wanted to avenge the death of a fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who died last year after sustaining injuries while attempting to prevent a riot.