More than 1,000 personnel to be deployed in Penang to keep year-end revelry peaceful

More than 1,000 personnel to be deployed in Penang to keep year-end revelry peaceful
New Year revellers spraying each other with foam at one of the previous street parties in Kuala Lumpur.

GEORGE TOWN - Police will deploy more than 1,000 personnel to hot spots in Penang during the year-end revelry to ensure the safety of revellers and prevent brawls that could result in damage to vehicles and property.

In recent years, there had been several fights and vandalism while rowdy revellers even sprayed passing motorists and vehicles with aerosol.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said more than 1,000 police personnel would be deployed at the Esplanade, Gurney Drive, Batu Feringghi, Queensbay, Butterworth and Auto City to monitor the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve countdown celebrations.

"The police's standard operating procedures for both nights are ready and we hope the public would celebrate and usher in the New Year in a joyous and peaceful manner," Abdul Rahim said.

"We will not hesitate to take action against anyone found breaking the law," he added.

Meanwhile, one of the most "happening" nightspots on the island will take measures to avoid any unpleasant incident during the two celebrations.

Slippery Senoritas business manager Frankie Praba, 43, said the club in Upper Penang Road would double the number of its guards and seek help from police to station plainclothes personnel to monitor any suspicious or illegal activity.

He said the duties of the club's guards included keeping an eye on intoxicated customers, and preventing theft and fights.

"We do not grant entrance after the limit of 1,000 people is reached, especially during festive seasons," he said yesterday.

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