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Japanese officials visit Esscom
Published on: Friday, August 26, 2016

Lahad Datu: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) received a visit from four Japanese delegates led by Japan Terrorism Prevention Unit Director General Shigenobu Fukumoto on Thursday.

The group arrived at the Esscom headquarters at 11am, greeted by Esscom Operations Centre Chief of Staff Brig. Jen. Dato' Md. Rahim Mohamad and Esscom senior officers.

Other than improving bilateral ties between both parties, the visit also aimed to give a clear picture on the current security situation in Sabah's east coast especially with regard to cross-border crime.

The delegates were also briefed on the Esscom operational concept in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), current security threat and steps and strategies taken by Esscom in handling the issues including kidnapping issues where its perpetrators are constantly changing their modus operandi by targeting deep water boats that travel near the international waters.

In his speech, Rahim said Esscom is taking the necessary steps including increasing its intelligence capability and tightening security in areas identified to have been used by cross-border criminals as their main route, to increase the security in the east coast.


He said security forces are committed to improve security level in the east coast through various strategies and holistic approaches including making it compulsory for all tugboat operators and deep water fishing vessels to install the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to help security forces monitor and detect their movements including providing help in case of emergency.

"Security forces will continue to develop strategies and best methods to guarantee the sovereignty and security of the State, including not allowing any room for cross-border criminals to commit crime in the Esszone," he said.

Meanwhile, in his speech, Fukumoto said he is extremely satisfied with the steps and approaches taken by Esscom in handling cross-border crimes.

"With the steps taken by security forces led by Esscom, I am confident and I believe that the safety of foreign tourists, especially from Japan who would like to visit Sabah's east coast, will be guaranteed," he said.

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