More than just checking your bags

09 June, 2015  

Security Team having a debrief right after an event. Photo: Shantel Neo
Security Team having a debrief right after an event. Photo: Shantel Neo / SINGSOC

You see them every time you walk into concerts or big events, and it is the same right here at the SEA Games.  And these people donned in yellow are not just here to make your life difficult.

At the break of dawn, Kelly Goh, a supervisor of security bag check at the East and West Entrance, comes down to the OCBC Aquatic Centre along with the Security Team. As part of the security company AllElite Security, they were called down to guard the entrances as well as patrol the Field of Play at the pool. Their job? To make sure everyone gets to enjoy a great race or match safely, without having to worry about potential dangers.

With shifts from 7 a.m to 3 p.m and 2p.m. to 10 p.m, Kelly and her security team started her work here on the 6th of June, the first official day of SEA Games. Stationing themselves by the entrance, they run through every bag that passes through as people start to stream in, looking out for items that might pose a danger to anyone in the venue. “We even look out for can drinks, glass bottles and the usual scissors and swiss knives,” Kelly said.

“There are some patrons that may not be as understanding about not being able to bring their items in. There was a mother that wanted to bring in a pair of scissors to cut food for her child but even so we had to confiscate it.” 

Although SEA Games is a regional event, Kelly is not worried about recent potential threats. “Because it is our job to be very alert at all times when people are coming in.”

Kelly smiled when asked if she had any regrets coming to work here, “It’s been good so far. No regrets at all. I’m happy with what I’m doing here.” She also mentioned about how they are not able to see the Games at all, but hearing the cheers from inside and doing their job outside is good enough. Even though we often take for granted the peace we have now, the Security Team is always there at the corner of our view, keeping the SEA Games venues safe!

This author of this article is a volunteer content producer with Team Nila. For more content produced by Team Nila, please head to the 28th SEA Games Social Wall.

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