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by shahanaaz habib
LAHAD DATU: Ops Daulat is set to end in a few days but the operation to capture the remnants of the Sulu armed intruders and their supporters will continue under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The police and armed forces will continue to go all out to get these terrorists and their supporters until they are totally destroyed and until the area is free of all threats.
“We will never allow anyone inside or outside the country to jeopardise this. We will use full force to uphold our sovereignty, independence and territory,” the Prime Minister said yesterday at the Ops Daulat appreciation ceremony for the police, armed forces and other security personnel at Desa Kenchana Felda Sahabat.
He said that since the Feb 12 intrusion, it was clear that Malaysia acted in a firm and dignified manner, resulting in the security forces thwarting the armed attack.
Najib said he would never forget the emotion he felt over the loss of 10 security personnel eight from the police and two from the armed forces and that children lost their fathers and wives lost their husbands while the country lost men who fought for it.
For Esscom to succeed, there should be an integrated and solid cooperation between police, armed forces, other agencies, the Government and the people, he said.
“It is not who gets the glory or who is bigger or more successful. It is about putting the people above everything else.”
“If there are (self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan) Kiram's terrorist supporters who want to try to intrude again, the same fate will await them. Don't take our determination lightly.”
Najib also said the intention of the terrorists was to instil fear in the people.
He added that the people should be brave, not be intimidated by scare tactics and come out to vote.
Najib also announced that a Special Sovereignty Medal, in honour of the security forces serving in Ops Daulat, would be awarded to outstanding individuals.
He also said RM100,000 would be given in Bank Rakyat shares to families of security personnel killed in the operation and RM50,000 to those injured.
He also announced that RM1.5mil under the Amanah Ikhtiar fund would be used to build and repair the 26 homes destroyed or ruined during the operation to get rid of the intruders and another RM2mil in aid for victims.
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