Bunga Mas 5 Naval Vessel To Boost ESSCom's Strength

KOTA KINABALU, July 12 (Bernama) -- The government would station the Bunga Mas 5 naval vessel owned by Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad, in Sabah's east coast off waters bordering the Philippines, to boost the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom)'s strength.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the vessel which would function as the 'mother ship' would be manned by a security force team and equipped with speed boats to curb cross border crime.

"But the cooperation of the people is also important. If we leak information to the enemy, then they might be able to elude the defence system in the state. I hope this can be avoided. Otherwise, any system however modern can be infiltrated if someone is there to give them the information," he cautioned.

He said this at a gathering and breaking of fast with state and federal leaders here Saturday night.

Najib who is also Finance Minister said two radar-equipped Petronas oil rigs would also be stationed off Semporna and Lahad Datu waters as the hindmost defence line.

He said the whole set up would be implemented within six months, as an assurance to the people in Sabah on the role of ESSCom, in line with its recent restructuring.

Najib said as national security director, he would be returning to Sabah again soon for a working visit and to reveal other initiatives on the development and security of the state.

Accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor Rosmah, he also presented Pusat Zakat Sabah Raya cash to orphans, single mothers and senior citizens.

Earlier, Najib attended a special briefing by the State Economic Planning Unit on Sabah's development before meeting with Barisan Nasional Sabah leaders.


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