Esscom getting more assets to monitor sea border

Malaysia's Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

KOTA KINABALU - The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will be getting new assets soon to increase its capability in monitoring one of the country's most problematic sea borders.

They will include surveillance equipment to enable them to keep a close watch on the 1,700km Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) that was set up soon after the Sulu gunmen intrusion in Lahad Datu in February.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said with better assets, the enforcement officers would be able to carry out their duties more efficiently.

Speaking to reporters after presenting the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara to Home Ministry staff including the police, Prisons Department, Rela, Immigration Department and Civil Defence for their services in Ops Daulat yesterday, he said some of the equipment had already been bought, particularly for surveillance purposes, and were awaiting shipment.

"Shipment might take a while as some of the assets were purchased overseas," he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the ministry would also look at upgrading dilapidated police stations and living quarters in the state.

He said there was also a plan to build eight new police stations within the Esszone.

At the moment, he said, cabins were used as temporary police stations and he hoped to receive a financial allocation for the construction of the police stations soon.