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People Must Trust The Ability Of Our Security Forces - Zahid

TAMPIN, July 16 (Bernama) -- Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged the people to believe and trust the police, armed forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and other enforcement agencies involved in facing the problems in the East Coast of Sabah.

Ahmad Zahid hoped the people would not question the ability of the security forces in facing the situation.

"This is what they want, when there are doubts about the ability of the enforcement among the people, there will be 'demoralisation'. This is what the enemies want, because it portrays disunity. When there is no unity, they will enter Sabah at any time.

"Trust us, God willing, we will carry out our duties well," he told reporters after breaking fast with Home Ministry staff in Negeri Sembilan at the Tampin District Police Headquarters, here Wednesday.

Also present was Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Ahmad Zahid said he was aware that people, especially the people of Sabah who are living in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), have doubts of the action taken by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) when the police took over enforcement.

"I wish to say that it is not a battle between against a country because a battle against two countries normally involves fire power or conventional methods of war.

"What we are facing now is kidnappings by terrorists and intruders like what happened in the Lahat Datu incident. These groups use guerilla warfare so our action and tactics must be steps to overcome such action but we cannot reveal the strategy that ESSCom will engage in, because if it is revealed, it will be no secret and the enemy will be aware.

"Therefore I hope the people can trust us. We must understand that the Philippines government is also facing the same enemies. And these terrorist groups have been operating in Southern Philippines for more than 40 years," he said.

After breaking fast, Ahmad Zahid handed contributions to orphans, children with special needs and widows of police personnel.

He also received a contribution of RM15,000 from the President of the Malaysian Senators Council Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman to be handed to the wife of the late Cpl Ab Rajah Jamuan, who was killed by intruders at Mabul Island, Sabah, recently.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, Khalid said a designated sea route would be identified for the East Coast of Sabah to improve security in the area and prevent intrusions.

Once identified and designated, curfew would be enforced at specific times to avoid the route being misused and for better control, he said.

-- BERNAMA




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