KOTA KINABALU- Police believe the seven armed men who were suspected of the failed kidnapping at a fish farm in Semporna may have slipped back into Tawi-Tawi in southern Philippines.
"We will work with our counterparts in the Philippines," said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman after receiving Hari Raya cookies from Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan at the police headquarters in Kepayan near here yesterday.
A group of seven armed men wearing masks went to the Ah Chai Fish Farm, some 200m from Kampung Bangau-Bangau near Semporna town, ostensibly to search for its owners at about 1am on Monday.
However, they left empty-handed as the owners had moved to the mainland following a series of kidnappings in the area.
Security forces here remain on high alert following the incident.
Earlier, Pairin, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, welcomed the restructuring of the Eastern Sabah Security Command, saying it brought fresh hope to Sabahans for peace and harmony in the state.
"Changes are needed in administration to make things better," he said.
Pairin said the restructuring that was announced by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak showed how concerned the Prime Minister was for Sabah's security.
"We hope there will be continuous focus and research on how to safeguard Sabah to prevent any more incidents," he said.
Pairin also presented Hari Raya cookies to the Fifth Infantry Brigade at the Lok Kawi Camp, which was represented by chief of staff Lt-Kol Norlizam Shamsuddin after the event at Kepayan.