Special police squad to help protect Olympic flame during KL relay
KUALA LUMPUR: As the Beijing 2008 Olympic countdown gets closer, it will be Malaysia’s turn on Monday to host the Olympic torch relay that has attracted controversy in its earlier runs.
Anti-China and Tibetan sympathisers have been trying to get close, grab and extinguish the torch, which has so far been kept under guard by security personnel wherever it has gone.
The torch will arrive at the KL International Airport early tomorrow, and will be protected by a 1,000-strong police team, which will include Special Action Squad (UTK) members.
The UTK members will provide a cordon around the torch by running alongside the torch bearers over the 16.5km route, starting at 2.25pm from Dataran Merdeka and ending at the KLCC at 6.15pm.
There were some early signs of trouble for the torch run here. Yesterday, some 20 Falun Gong followers protested outside the Chinese Embassy in Jalan Ampang.
Divine help is being sought to ensure that the torch run here will be incident-free.
Prayers will be held at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields tomorrow morning, with Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Sikh religious leaders participating.