Published on: Saturday, September 07, 2013
Lahad Datu: The security in Sabah's eastern sea border will be given a major boost with the deployment of seven new battalions to Lahad Datu soon.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Director-General Datuk Mohammad Mentek (pic) said the battalions comprising military and police personnel are poised to bolster surveillance and patrolling operations.
He said Friday that the new battalions approved by the Prime Minister recently would enhance the security and wellbeing of Sabahans.
"The battalions are to be deployed in locations identified as 'high risk areas of intrusion' including Felda Sahabat.
"We have identified areas with high potential of intrusion in the eastern coast of Sabah. The deployment of seven new battalions will greatly help us in preserving the peace and safeguarding the areas."
Mohammad said Lahad Datu district will see an increase in the number of security personnel soon.
"The setting up of Esscom with strong security personnel shows that the Government is serious about maintaining the State's security.
We should also appreciate the close cooperation given by various enforcement agencies to Esscom."
The establishment of Esscom, the enforcement agent for the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on March 7.
Esszone covers 10 districts - Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau - along 1,400 kilometres of Sabah's east coast.
Meanwhile, Mohammad said investigation into rumours on possible intrusion by terrorists in Sabah would be thoroughly investigated.
"Rumours are being spread through all means aimed at creating panic and confusion among the people and must be effectively addressed.
"The rumours are jeopardising efforts in maintaining peace and harmony and must be stopped.
To maintain the peace, we don't need rumours which can confuse the people. We will investigate all the rumours and the rumour-mongers."
Mohammad stressed that the situation in the east coast has returned to normal and is peaceful and stable.
"There is no disturbance from outside despite the spread of rumours," he added.
Tawau district was rumoured to be the second target of Sulu terrorists with the first during Aidilfitri.
The latest was rumoured to be early this week where a boat ferrying the terrorists was said to be already in Tawau.
Mohammad and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had rubbished such talks.