Curfew to be imposed on Sabah's east coast

Curfew to be imposed on Sabah's east coast
The police forensic team at the crime scene on Mabul island in Sabah, Malaysia, where a shootout had occurred at Mabul Water Bungalows Resort on 12 July 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - A curfew will be imposed on the east coast of Sabah following the attack on the diving haven of Pulau Mabul, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the police, Armed Forces and other security personnel would focus their efforts on hotspots in the area, including Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Sandakan.

"We realise that there are security concerns in Sabah, especially in the east coast.

"We feel the curfew is a viable option to quell any threat to Sabah, and we will announce the locations for the curfew by Friday," he told a press conference yesterday following an emergency meeting on Sabah's security situation.

The meeting, which was chaired by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, also included Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish, Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

Khalid announced that an additional 330 policemen and 350 military personnel would be deployed to tourist spots and fish farms located in the area.

"We will also decide on designated sea routes that will be used by all vessels entering Sabah waters.

"The routes will assist the security forces in preventing intrusions. If anyone fails to comply, then the police will take the necessary action," he said.

Khalid said the police would organise more community policing programmes with fishermen in the Sabah east coast region to foster better ties between them.

In an update of abducted Kons Zakiah Aleip, Khalid said he was doing well.

"He has called his wife, family and superior to inform them that he's okay on day two of the abduction.

"We are working with the Filipino gunmen for his release. We will do everything to bring him back to his family before Hari Raya," he said.

Abdul Aziz, who was representing Armed Forces Chief Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin at the meeting, said five navy vessels would be deployed to Sabah waters immediately.

"We are also deploying more air assets to improve security surveillance along the Sabah east coast," he said.

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