Semporna kidnap: Complacency of officials to blame, not Sabah's long coastline, says Yong

Semporna kidnap: Complacency of officials to blame, not Sabah's long coastline, says Yong

KOTA KINABALU - A former Sabah Chief Minister said authorities should stop blaming Sabah's long coastline whenever there was an armed intrusion in the state.

"It is not the long coastline to blame. It is the complacency of officials," said Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"There is a lack of logistical assets like speed boats and other resources, lack of materials and personnel, lack of urgency and lack of intelligence about the potential intruders," he said.

Yong, who is Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president, was commenting of Friday's incident where Filipino gunmen shot dead 57-year-old Taiwanese tourist Hsu Li Min and abducted his 58-year-old wife Chang An Wei at Pom Pom Island Resort in Sabah.

Yong also said that the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) had asserted that the Pom Pom shooting incident was not related to the Sulu intrusion in February.

"Essom went on to say that the police were still investigating. So how can the Esscom director say who is or is not behind the attack?" he said.

Yong added that Pom Pom island should not be seen as a remote isolated place.

"From Sabah's point of view, Pom Pom is a thriving government-licensed tourist resort, providing livelihood to many Sabahans," he said.

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