The Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) in collaboration with the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur successfully organised the “Training of Trainers (TOT): Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED) Workshop” in Kuala Lumpur from 13 to 17 March 2017. This programme is a sequel to the one organised in 2015 but with a specified aim to produce SEARCCT CIED Trainers for future programmes. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Malaysian Police who have expertise in CIED. The objectives of this TOT were to establish a team of local trainers and to develop localised modules on the subject of CIED awareness.
The workshop was officiated by YBhg. Datin Paduka Rashidah Ramli, Director General of SEARCCT. In her opening remarks, H.E. pointed out that Malaysia has not been spared from the usage of IED for terrorism purposes. Despite the absence of serious terrorist-inspired IED attacks in the country, H.E. reminded the participants on the reports of the many IED materials and devices that have been recovered by relevant authorities in the past, which are easily available, making us vulnerable to IED threats. H.E. also alerted the participants on the recent arrests that included two (2) men who were planning large-scale car bomb attacks in Klang Valley that was announced by Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector General of Police. Mr. Gareth Pidgeon, the Deputy High Commissioner of the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, who was also present, stressed on the need and relevance of such training to Malaysian officials and assured the continuous support from their end on various collaborative opportunities when it comes to capacity building programmes with SEARCCT.
Throughout this five-day workshop, a total of four (4) bomb experts/trainers from the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Zealand Police were brought in to share their knowledge and experiences on the subject matter and guided the participants to develop a plan of lessons on safe IED handling, search techniques and IED Awareness.
Apart from the basic IED knowledge, the trainers also exposed the participants to other related subjects such as coordinated incident management mechanism and its IED team arrival questioning format based on the New Zealand Model. Under their close supervision, the participants later carried out table top exercises to put their theoretical knowledge into practice at a nearby shopping complex. The lectures, group discussion and presentations helped participants to identify the objectives, outcomes and key-points of each of the modules that they have developed.