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Sabah sea curfew extended

Published on: Thursday, September 04, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The sea curfew in the East Coast of Sabah will be extended from Sept. 4 until Sept. 19 following intelligence reports on possible threats of intrusion and kidnapping activities in the curfew area from a neighbouring country.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the 7pm to 5am curfew extension for 16 days was necessary for security purposes which is allowed under Section 31(1) of the Police Act 1967.

"The sea curfew extension till Sept 19 has entered its fourth phase and has been agreed to by the Home Minister based on four factors.

"Apart from getting tip-offs on intrusion and kidnapping planning activities, we also received reports that the fishermen's safety is at risk and reports on a possibility of smuggling firearms into Sabah through the coastal area," he told a press conference, Wednesday.

Jalaluddin said the curfew extension was also necessary to curb smuggling of drugs, people, subsidised fuel which is in high demand in neighbouring countries as well as smuggling of contraband items like cigarettes and alcohol beverages, among others.

Another factor, he said is that the resorts and caged fish operators were pleased with the implementation of the curfew in the three phases as they felt safer and protected, especially during nighttime when movements are restricted.

Lastly, Jalaluddin said the curfew would facilitate the duties and responsibility of the security forces and enforcement, effectively.

"Since we implemented the curfew, a total of 92 people were arrested involving 23 cases in which 64 people were nabbed for violating the curfew order and 12 were caught without having proper documents under the Immigration Act.

"Of the 92 arrests, 20 accused had pleaded guilty and jailed for 10 days and fined RM500 each while the rest are still under remand," he said.

The curfew extension covers six districts in the East Coast namely Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau.