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Government Set To Improve Security In Sabah, Says Musa Aman

KOTA KINABALU, July 16 (Bernama) -- The government is set to improve security in Sabah, especially in the east coast, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman on Wednesday.

He said, any suggestions on improving safety in Sabah, including recommendations made in the Sabah state assembly, will be noted.

Musa said the government had announced several measures to strengthen the defence of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) recently, including restructuring ESSCom and stationing the Bunga Mas 5 naval vessel owned by the Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) on the east coast of Sabah waters bordering the Philippines.

"These incidents (kidnappings and ambush) has portrayed a negative perception of us and must be dealt with wisely," he said when winding up debate on the ambush in Mabul Island, Semporna, in the Sabah State Assembly sitting here.

The motion for debate was presented by Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail (BN-Pantai Manis) to discuss the incident that claimed the life of a member of the Marine Police, while another was kidnapped by armed terrorists on July 12.

Musa, who is also ESSCom committee chairman, highlighted the cultural and linguistic similarities of the intruders with the local community, particularly in the east coast, as a major challenge for ESSCom since similarities would make it easy for criminals or intruders to enter Sabah, disguised as locals.

Entrepreneurs on the east coast of Sabah, particularly fish cage operators, were advised not to employ illegal immigrants because though they were cheap, this would give an opportunity to intruders to enter Sabah under the guise of employees, to seek information (about the security forces), he added.

He said such incidents, including the earlier kidnappings were serious and involves not only national pride but was a threat to the security and sovereignty of the country.

-- BERNAMA




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