KUALA LUMPUR - Although talk of another attack by foreign militants along Sabah's east coast has been described as rumours, the armed forces is not taking any chances and the soldiers have been put on alert for any intrusion, says its chief Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zin.
"Our intelligence found that talk of an impending attack were rumours that were spread by certain quarters.
"However, to us, we cannot simply disregard such rumours.
"We are not letting our guard down when it comes to the issue of security of Sabah's east coast," he said after attending a talk on "Security Offences Act (SOSMA 2012): Its Implications on Defence and Security" here yesterday.
Jeneral Zulkefli said that the Malaysian armed forces is working closely with its counterparts in the Philippines to keep tabs on the possible movement of suspected intruders.
"We need the help of people living along the coastlines to be our eyes and ears and alert us if they see any suspicious activities in their areas.
"It is crucial that the residents play a strong role in this as it is not easy to detect intruders coming into the country in small boats in the darkness," he added.
Jen Zulkefli was commenting on recent reports of imminent attacks by foreign militant groups in several districts in Sabah, which would allegedly take place before Christmas.
According to the reports, the Abu Sayyaf terror group or a breakaway Moro National Liberation Front faction of Nur Misuari were planning to carry out attacks or kidnappings.