KUALA LUMPUR: The ambush in Mabul island which killed a marine policeman was motivated by revenge and anger due to tightened control of Sabah waters by Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), says Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).
The Home Minister said the intruders resorted to such action as they were unhappy with the success of security forces in penetrating their fortress.
"The intruders wanted revenge because commandos from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) had penetrated their fortress and rescued a Chinese national recently," he told Bernama, here Sunday.
He was commenting on the ambush which killed Marine Police Corporal Rajah Jamuan, 32, and resulted in the abduction of Constable Zakiah Aleip, 26, at a resort in Mabul island, Semporna on Saturday night.
Esscom operations director Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun had said intruders armed with heavy weapons ambushed and killed a marine policeman at 11.10pm on Saturday night.
On July 10, the police rescued a Chinese national abducted by five armed men in Pulau Baik, Lahad Datu on May 6.
Asked about the status of the abducted policeman, Zahid said the matter would be announced by Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Malaysia is working closely with the Philippines, especially in the exchange of intelligence, to maintain security and order on the border of both countries. – Bernama