Esscom to propose curfew stays in four Esszone hotspots: IGP
Published on: Thursday, January 16, 2020
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LAHAD DATU: A special meeting is expected to be held to consider a proposal by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) to do away with the dusk-to-dawn curfew off the Sabah east coast.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said Thursday the matter has been raised with Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“The decision (to remove the curfew) can only be made at a special meeting which the chief minister will call,” he told reporters after a visit to the ESSCom headquarters here.

The curfew, from 6 pm to 6 am, was imposed on July 19, 2014, in a coastal belt of sea off the districts of Sandakan,  Beluran, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau to check attacks by militant groups.

Abdul Hamid said ESSCom has also proposed that the curfew be retained in four hotspots in ESSZone for the benefit of the marine biology and security, namely Pulau Ligitan (Tawau); Pegasus Reef (Kinabatangan); Alice Reef (Kunak) and Geem Reef (Lahad Datu).


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