Tight security at RWMF 2007
By Andrea Tan
SANTUBONG: The security team at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) this year includes nine security patrol dogs including a drug detection dog provided by a Miri-based company M-Guardians which was responsible for the security during the festival last year.
“The drug detection dog was trained in the U.S. by one of our trainers,” said Leo Pui of M-Guardians.
Pui said this was the only dog they had that was specially trained for the purpose.
“We have a litter of eight puppies in Miri at the moment and we plan to train them as drug detection dogs in the future.”
Apart from the nine canines, the M-Guardians security team also includes 52 personnel.
Despite the tight security measures, including the use of metal detectors at the main entrance, there were still some people who managed to sneak into SCV for the festival without admission tickets.
On the first day, Pui disclosed that they detected over 10 people who intruded without wristbands but no major incidents happened during the first night.
RWMF, which started on July 13 at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and over 17,000 music enthusiasts are expected to attend the three-day event, especially the nightly concert.
A total of 19 groups from 17 countries are taking part in this year’s RWMF.
The festival ends tonight with a concert featuring Anak Adi’ Rurum (Sarawak), Hussein Arman (Afghanistan), Hanitra Rasaoanaivo (Madagascar), Khac Chi (Vietnam), Tammorra (Italy), Inka Marka (South America), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Aseanna Percussion Unit (Malaysia), Doghouse Skiffle Group (UK) and Shannon (Poland).