Monday, March 22, 2010

Police to beef up security around Istana Kelantan

Police will strengthen security at Istana Kelantan to prevent untoward incidents during the 60th birthday celebration of the Sultan of Kelantan, Tuanku Ismail Petra, on March 30.

Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said instruction on the matter had been issued to Kelantan police chief Datuk Abd Rahim Hanafi so that the detailed preparation made for the investiture could proceed peacefully.

"Security measures will be intensified at all roads leading to the palace and the areas in its vicinity. The order to beef up security patrols had been issued by the Regent of Kelantan (Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra) in writing on March 20," Musa said at a press conference at his office, here today.

Yesterday, Istana Kelantan announced that it would continue with the tradition of conferring state awards in conjunction with the birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan.

The comptroller of the Kelantan royal palace, Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad, said the ceremony will be held following the consent of Tengku Faris Petra.

He said the regent could carry out the investiture ceremony according to the power provided by the Kelantan state constitution.

On Friday, newspapers had reported that the sultan had ordered that all events to mark his 60th birthday be cancelled, including the investiture ceremony.

- Bernama

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