Security at hotel tightened as Obama visit nears

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KUALA LUMPUR - The distinctive Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bukit Bintang is set to be President Barack Obama's "home" over the weekend.

Security in and around the prestigious premises in Jalan Imbi has been tightened, with high-ranking police officers and Fire and Rescue Department personnel in attendance yesterday. Three fire engines were seen parked beside the hotel just before noon.

The police officers and a group of security personnel were seen speaking with the hotel's management staff.

A hotel employee said the heightened activity was due to the president's stay there tomorrow and Sunday.

There was speculation that the president might also be putting up at the Majestic Hotel in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, opposite the railway station, but a check showed no special security arrangements there.

Shopping centres in Bukit Bintang will operate as usual, even over the weekend.

Bukit Bintang-KLCC (BBKLCC) Tourism Association committee member Kung Suan Ai, who is also Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marketing director, said the shopping centres would be open as usual.

A staff member of another hotel revealed that its security department had issued an internal notice, stating that roads around Ritz-Carlton, Starhill Gallery, JW Marriott, The Westin, Dorsett Regency and Menara Keck Seng would not be accessible.