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Plans to move security assets
Published on: Friday, May 25, 2018

Plans are under way to move security assets to where they are needed most, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

He would bring the matter to higher-ups at the central level to strengthen safety in the State, especially considering the limited amount of money and resources.

"This is one of the drastic changes we will make as I am fully aware that our borderline needs a very strong force as front-liners to act as a deterrence to outside forces threatening the safety of our country.

"I am sure there is a need to rearrange our defence system at a State-level. Government leaders have given their critical input on the matter and I am confident that this will be an effective security system," he said.

The locations on where the assets would be moved to or from is still uncertain but he hinted one of them might be Kem Paradise in Kota Belud.

"It's called Kem Paradise (Paradise Camp) but there are not much threats there while there are pirates and Abu Sayaf in Semporna," he said.

Another possible location is the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) as the area needs more manpower, especially with the curfew.

"I will also be looking into Kem Lok Kawi but we will have to approach the matter comprehensively as it is not easy to move one place to another," he said.

He said the matter needs to be deeply analysed as it involves various work such as finding suitable land, alienation of land and finding out what happened to the existing land.

"In addition, they also need to determine the roles of the locations, whether they will be training centres or for the front-liners," he said, at a Hari Raya cookies giveaway to security forces at Menara Tun Mustapha, Thursday.

Around 35 representatives from various agencies had presented the delicacies to him to be distributed among members of the security teams who are on duty this month.

The morning ceremony was held to show appreciation to those who guard the country's safety including the police, navy, army, and many others, in addition to strengthening bonds between one another.

According to Shafie, the people should show their appreciation not only through raising awareness and gaining knowledge on the security forces but also through participation, urging the inclusiveness of the grassroots community on the matter.

"These people have sacrificed a lot. Often they have to leave their families in an 'unsafe' state not only from the aspect of livelihood but also from education, as some of their children might not receive adequate attention due to their parents being on duty.

"Hence, there needs to be participation from Malaysians to not only show appreciation for our security forces but also to realise a fair more important agenda, which includes not only ensuring the country's development but also maintaining its security," he said.

Shafie added that even if wealth is obtained, it cannot be put to benefit if the safety of the nation is not secured. On the other hand, if there is no wealth but safety is ensured, it can create an environment that is prosperous and realise unity between the nation's people. – Jegathisan Sivanesan


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