Published on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kuala Lumpur: Residents of the many water villages off the Sabah coast should be relocated as they are exposed to threats from foreign terrorists.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said the haphazard water settlements would make it difficult for security forces to control and secure the areas.
"They have to be relocated. We have to find them land and have to distinguish between citizens, foreigners and those without identification certificates," he told reporters after witnessing the presentation of checue for RM5 million by Petronas to Cancer Research Initiative Foundation (CARIF) at Petronas Twin Towers, here, Monday.
Six policemen were killed in an ambush by Sulu terrorists from southern Philippines at a water village in Semporna, Sabah on March 2.
On politics, Dr Mahathir said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang's plan to contest seats in Johor in the general election would not have any effect on Barisan Nasional (BN).
"If he wants to contest seats in Johor, by all means. I think Johor people will want to see him contest there," he added.
Lim on Sunday announced that DAP will contest Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor and Bentong parliamentary seat in Pahang, two seats coveted by ally PKR. - Bernama