Police identify local informers in Pom Pom

KOTA KINABALU - Police have identified several local links who informed Filipino gunmen about the presence of foreign guests at the Pom Pom Island Resort.

These informers are believed to have given inside information that led the kidnappers to the resort on Nov 15, when they killed 57-year-old Taiwanese tourist Hsu Li Min before abducting his 58-year-old wife Chang An Wei.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the identities of the informers were known, but police still needed to verify them before taking the action.

Khalid, who declined to reveal the number of individuals on the police radar, said these people had provided information to the kidnappers.

"We will take action as soon as we can," he said after opening a seminar on public peace and security at Universiti Malaysia Sabah yesterday.

He said following the murder and abduction, police and other enforcement agencies had reviewed security measures, especially in Sabah's east coast to prevent similar incidents from happening.

He said they were considering using more advanced technology such as water scanners to detect intruders.

He also said that police and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) would have more interaction with the public through community policing.

"Besides, police are seeking assistance from universities to do a research on the socio-culture of residents living on islands to understand them better," he said.

Through the seminar, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was present at the event, said it would help the residents understand what actually happened during the intrusion.

Khalid also urged all resort operators to allow police to patrol freely within their premises.

"No one can stop us from carrying out our duties. I hope resort operators will cooperate and not ask our security personnel to stand aside or out of (their) view when they are on the resort to stand watch," he added.