MCPF Expresses Sadness Over Policeman's Death

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has expressed sadness over the death of marine police Corporal Rajah Jamuan who was killed in an ambush by armed gunmen at a resort in Pulau Mabul, Semporna last night.

Offering the foundation's condolences to the bereaved family, Lee said Rajah died in the line of duty and had sacrificed his life while protecting the safety and security of the people and the state.

His courage and service to the police and the nation must be duly recognised in due course, he said in a statement here today.

Besides Rajah, the incident also involved Constable Zakia Aleip, Rajah's colleague who was believed to have been taken hostage by the gunmen after the ambush.

Lee said he also hoped the missing constable would be unharmed and efforts be made to secure his release soon.

He noted that this latest incident had proven that the safety and security of the nation particularly in the east cost of Sabah must never be taken for granted, while the security forces must be constantly vigilant, be on guard and prepared for any eventuality.

Lee said the security challenges facing eastern Sabah were immense which would now have to be addressed by the restructured of Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

"MCPF also urges the people to stand united behind the security forces and render whatever assistance needed to deal with security threats," he added.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) director of Operations, Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the attackers had used heavy weapons in the ambush at about 11.10pm yesterday in which the marine policeman was killed.

He said after the attack, the group of armed men escaped to the waters of a neighbouring country.


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