The South East Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) in collaboration with the New Zealand High Commission has organized the first ever Advance Aviation Security Workshop in Putrajaya from 15 – 18 November 2016. The four-day workshop was attended by 23 local participants from various agencies such as Royal Malaysia Police, National Security Council (NSC), Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Defence, Immigration Department, Royal Malaysia Customs, the Office of the Chief Government Security Officer (CGSO), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), AirAsia Berhad and Firefly Berhad.
The workshop was officiated by Mr. Mohd Hasril Abdul Hamid, Director of Administration and Finance, SEARCCT. In his opening remarks, he stressed on the complexity of the threat on aviation security. He expressed hope for the workshop to be a platform for participants to learn and share experiences on the best practices in protecting our skies as well as ground safe from any act of terrorism.
Also present at the opening ceremony was Mr Gareth Pidgeon, the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. In his remarks, he stressed on the need to enhance the security of the aviation industry. Bilateral cooperation between countries should be enhance in order to share knowledge and experience in safeguarding the aviation industry.
The training of the workshop was conducted by two New Zealand aviation security experts were appointed as trainers for the workshop. They were Ms. Debbie Suisted, Senior Technical Specialist, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), who served more than 10 years as a police officer and Ms. Virginia Baker, Training Officer from the Aviation Security Service, New Zealand, who carries more than 22 years of experience in the field of aviation security.
To ensure that the participants would acquire the utmost knowledge and experience, the workshop acquired the group to conduct presentations aimed to share information and to develop a greater understanding on the necessary responses in aviation security threats.
Apart from the lectures, the participants undertook a visit the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) for practiced purpose in understanding the actual scenario of aviation threats. The Malaysia Airports Sepang conducted briefing and tour of the terminal where the participants introduced to the various security measures that are in placed at the airport.
It was a successful workshop that allowed both experts and participants from the various agencies to exchange ideas and share their insights on this important subject.
The four-day workshop was closed by Mr. Shazryll Zahiran, the Deputy Director General of SEARCCT and certificates were presented by H.E. Dr. John Anton Subritzky, the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Malaysia to all successful participants.