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PETALING JAYA: The Government should review and improve Sabah’s coastal security following the abduction of a Chinese tourist and Filipina resort worker on Wednesday.
MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Wee Jeck Seng said the latest kidnapping by armed men at Singamata Reef Resort, Semporna, had marred the country’s image.
“Since the invasion of Lahad Datu by Sulu gunmen from the Philippines, the Government sought to strengthen security through the formation of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), which covers 10 districts,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Esscom covers the districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau, and is headed by the Chief Minister, who reports directly to the Prime Minister.
However, Wee said the fact that the kidnapping happened barely five months after the incident at Pom Pom island, where a Taiwan national was killed and his wife kidnapped, showed that security along Sabah’s coastline needed to be reviewed.
Wee, who is Tanjung Piai MP, suggested that the security of the eastern part of Sabah should not solely be the Government’s responsibility.
“In addition to strengthening regional security with the help of the local coastal residents, each of us, including tourists, should also play an important role by reporting suspicious activities,” he said.
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