Published on: Monday, March 04, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman urged Sabahans to have confidence in the capability of security forces in addressing the intrusion by the armed foreign group.
Musa, who is also State Security Committee Chairman, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had assured that security of Sabah is always a priority.
"I have also been in touch with local leaders and confident that they can control sentiments and ignore rumours.
"I am monitoring the situation along with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi," he said commenting on the ambush by armed men in Semporna on Saturday.
The operation is jointly led by Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Armed Forces Chief, Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
"I was in touch with the Prime Minister last (Saturday) night who wanted the police and military to be beefed up," he added.
Meanwhile, National Security Council (NSC) Secretary Rodzi Md Saad said Sabah NSC confirmed that there is no prohibition to visit the resort islands.
"All activities continue as usual. Sabah NSC apologises for the confusion that arose, " he said.
In PUTATAN, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin advised the people not to panic following the killing of two policemen in Lahad Datu and five people in Semporna on Saturday.
"Do not panic, we must have faith in efforts by security forces and give full co-operation. Let us not rush to close stores and businesses," he told reporters after launching "Program Titik Sentuhan Rakyat" at SK Petagas, Sunday.
In SEMPORNA, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged residents to fully co-operate with security forces in maintaining security of the district.
Shafie, who is also Member of Parliament for Semporna, said such co-operation is important because they know the population and the kampungs inside out.
"The people should co-operate and help to facilitate the duties of security forces because some have just arrived and do not know the area well," he added.