More than 1,800 correspondents have registered to cover the ongoing ASEAN 27 Summit and related meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 18 –22, according to the Summit’s Press Secretariat.
They include 750 local reporters and more than 1,000 international correspondents coming from the news agencies and newspapers in the ASEAN member countries and Reuters, AP, AFP, Kyodo, Xinhua, and CNA.
A news centre, sitting on 2,600 square metres, has been equipped with computers, printers, photocopiers, and internet connection to facilitate the reporters’ coverage.
A number of groups of aides to support the correspondents have also been established, including a transport group, a technical group, and a logistics group.
Zaria Mohd Nasri from the Press Secretariat told Vietnam News Agency correspondents that preparations had accomplished early to ensure the most favourable conditions for the correspondents.
Roughly 8,500 soldiers and policemen have been deployed to ensure security for the Summit and meetings.
As many as 2,000 out of the 4,500 soldiers have been sent to strategic locations in the city and the rest are in the pending status, according to General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
Meanwhile, more than 4,000 policemen have been stationed across the city, mostly on the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre – the venue of the Summit.