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Sabah's Safety Concern Should Be For Whole State - Liow

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- The safety of Sabah should not be restricted to its east coast and islands but the entire state as there were also safety issues on the mainland, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said with the latest incursion resulting in the death of a policeman and the kidnapping of another, the concern over security now had reached new levels.

"Due to Sabah's long coastline, securing the borders of East Malaysia poses a challenge.

"I believe the government will come up with a more comprehensive plan in combating intrusion into the state and hold discussions to look for solutions at the next cabinet meeting," he said in a statement after meeting with the Sabah MCA Liaison Committee in Putrajaya, today.

The committee, led by its chairman Wilfred Yong, had raised the issue of safety in Sabah at the meeting with Liow and hoped the federal government would take fast and effective measures in ensuring the safety of Sabahans.

Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said MCA would raise the concern to the cabinet and would support the government in bolstering the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom)'s efforts.

"These include deploying more troops, personnel and equipment needed to ensure the security and sovereignty of Sabah and deal with the threats," he said.

Liow said the government would strengthen ESSCom's work by having more patrols and designating safe waterways for ships to traverse.

"The people of Sabah should also keep watch and alert the authorities in order to ensure the safety of their neighbourhoods," he said.

-- BERNAMA




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