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Agong visits Esscom
Published on: Tuesday, September 05, 2023
By: Bernama
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Agong visits Esscom
The Agong (left) waving to the common people who were faithfully awaiting his arrival at the Esscom headquarters in conjunction with Explore Borneo, Monday.
LAHAD DATU: The Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on Monday visited the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), here, to witness first-hand the agency’s operation in maintaining security in Sabah east coast.

His Majesty, who is touring Sabah through the Kembara Kenali Borneo programme, was met on arrival at the Esscom headquarters here at 4.20pm by Commander DCP Victor Sanjos and Chief Executive Officer Dr Jamaluddin Mohd Ali, and was later introduced to Esscom officers’ rank and members.

Al-Sultan Abdullah’s arrival was greeted with shouts of “Daulat Tuanku!” being echoed by the people who had waited since noon to catch a glimpse of Al-Sultan Abdullah at the Esscom headquarters compound.

Al-Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah were scheduled to arrive at noon Monday but this was delayed as the royal couple had stopped to engage with the people who had lined the 171.7km-route from Tawau to Lahad Datu.

Despite the delay, the local residents waited patiently for the arrival of the convoy of 25 vehicles led by Their Majesties.

On arrival at ESSCom, Al-Sultan Abdullah signed a guest plaque and was presented a hat, jacket and a logo of Esscom, before being taken for a tour of Esscom Fusion Centre ‘ a place where the agency’s security information are gathered and coordinated.

At the centre, His Majesty was briefed by Victor on security matters specifically involving the East Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone).

Esscom, established on April 1, 2013 following the intrusion of  Sulu terrorists in Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013, is an agency under the Home Ministry, responsible for coordinating the operations of the security and defence agencies in maintaining the safety of Sabahans, especially in Esszone.

After the Esscom headquarters, Al-Sultan Abdullah left for the Lahad Datu Marine Police Base, which is located about 1.5 kilometres away, to witness a demonstration by Esscom Marine Operations and Special Forces Divisions on their capabilities in handling boats and parachutes, before departing for Dewan Perdana Lahad Datu.

Earlier, on arrival in Lahad Datu, Al-Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah visited Taman Palm Garden where the housing for Esscom officers and members is located.

The first phase of the housing development involving 60 units with an allocation of RM40 million was approved by the Government on July 15.

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