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Friday, May 9, 2014

Malaysia

Beefing up security in Sabah

New Straits Times | Friday, May 9, 2014

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the assets, including deployment of attack helicopters, fast boats and security personnel in high risk areas, were expected to arrive in Sabah soon.

MALAYSIA - Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the assets, including deployment of attack helicopters, fast boats and security personnel in high risk areas, were expected to arrive in Sabah soon.

"More (assets) are coming and even now it is starting to come in," he said after a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who is also Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESScom) chairman here yesterday.

On whether the helicopters would include Apache Longbow or Eurocopter Tiger, Musa said these are being considered.

Zahid said other measures to be taken to boost security included registering local boats and ships to differentiate Malaysian and foreign vessels, where our vessels will have special codes and numbering.

The meeting at Musa's official residence Seri Gaya was held to discuss security issues, especially following the latest abduction at Pulau Baik, Lahad Datu.

It was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, National Security Council secretary Datuk Mohd Tajuddin Abdul Wahab, Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek, Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib and Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Musa said the discussion covered issues concerning security operations, assets and manpower and strengthening of coordination.

He said the federal government has taken the issue seriously by ordering Zahid and Shahidan to come here and assist in the security concerns.

"I would like to stress that we will take all actions to secure the safety of the people and tourists in Sabah, especially in the east coast.

"We will not compromise on security issues and we will continue to coordinate efforts to mantain the sovereignity of our waters," he said.

On 'curfew areas' to be introduced at high-risk areas in the east coast, Musa said it will be done soon where no entry would be allowed during designated time or periods.

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