KOTA KINABALU - Talk of an attack along Sabah's east coast has once again caused anxiety among residents there, though many said they were confident in the preparedness of the Malaysian security forces.
Lahad Datu-based transport operator Zack Rajak said most of his friends were worried about a possible attack following various TV news reports.
"It is worrying to hear about a possible attack. But since it has been mentioned in the news, that means our security forces would be prepared for any eventuality," he said.
Eastern Sabah Security Command director Datuk Mohammad Mantek said all entry flanks were being guarded as security forces take up position to thwart any security threat.
Among the various measures taken included the deployment of quick response elite units at strategic locations to intercept any "suspicious" vessels, he said.
However, he said there was no intelligence report of any threat by Abu Sayyaf or independent militant groups of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Mantek said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the army and police were also on alert for any suspicious activities in the border waters between Sabah and the southern Philippines.