Its Director General Datuk Mohammad Mentek said the operation aims to clean the resorts in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) of foreign workers without valid documents, who have potential to be the informers for transnational criminals.
Mohammad said based on the feedback from Esscom intelligence and modus operandi used by the kidnappers, the criminals seemed well aware of the ins and outs of the area, including the occupants of the resort.
"We suspect that there are individuals, particularly locals but who came from the Philippines, providing early information to the kidnappers, and this should not happen," he said in a statement, Saturday.
Mohammad also repeated his warning that stern action would be taken against resort operators in the Esszone if they are found hiring foreign workers who do not have valid documents.
"All parties, including resort operators should be responsible in ensuring that the security situation in Esszone is always controlled and secured," he added.