SEMPORNA: Police have stepped up operation in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) in conjunction with the festive season, to curb crime including smuggling of migrants.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said patrol in the ESSZone area had been enhanced in view of its potential to be used for smuggling of illegal immigrants in and out of the country.
“So, we are prepared for any possibilities that may cause security issues such as cross-border crime.
“A meeting with district police chiefs in ESSZOne was held and preliminary measures were discussed to further strengthen monitoring, especially in the state waters from infiltration by criminals,” he elaborated.
He said this to reporters after handing over contributions to about 80 members of the security force based in Pulau Mabul, Kapalai and Singgahmata Reef here.
Also present was Senallang assemblyman Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran. The ESSZone area covers the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran. — Bernama