Training programme involving UTK personnel followed SOP

Teoh Pei Ying

KUALA LUMPUR: The preliminary report on the heatstroke suffered by members of the Special Actions Unit (UTK) during training at the Bukit Sentosa police training centre (Pulapol) yesterday indicated that the programme followed Standard Operating Procedures.

It was reported that 60 trainees camedown with heatstroke while undergoing a simulation training.

They were rushed to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Selayang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital and Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

Inspector-General Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the training was to select the qualified personnel to be part of UTK.

"It was a normal training and similar training was conducted in every preliminary round.

"In yesterday’s case, the trainees were required to bask under the sun as part of their test, but some of them could not sustain it and were rushed to the hospital.

"They are not new trainees as claimed in viral messages circulated in the social media, the trainees had been in service at least between five and 10 years," he said, here, yesterday.

Present was Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Datuk Seri Tajudin Md Isa and City police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.

Fuzi said the test was not to torture them but was part of the simulation training that trainees seeking a place in the elite police, need to undergo.

"We improved the test from time to time. But, the challenges that they need to undergo will not be easy as they are an elite group," he stressed.

Meanwhile, on the transfer of Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director, Commissioner Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah, he said it was a normal procedure. "It is not a the first time a director was asked to transfer to other departments, if the police officer received the official letter, they need to accept it."

Asked on whether they will investigate claims that Zulkifli had abused his position for personal gain, he refused to comment on this.

Zulkifli will become the director-general of National Anti-Drugs Agency on Monday. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd