LAHAD DATU: Three Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes will be operational in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) from Tuesday onward.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the CIQs were placed in Lahad Datu, Kudat and the integrated immigration control post in Kerakit at Sabah's northernmost Pulau Banggi.
"A total of 12 cabins that will be used as temporary offices have been sent to the area," he said, adding that six will be placed in Lahad Datu, four in Kudat and the remaining two in Kerakit. All were sent in by March 28.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the Lahad Datu ICQ site here Sunday, Hishamuddin said that 14 officers will be placed at each of three CIQs.
The officers include intelligence and enforcement personnel from the Immigration Department.
He said the move to set up a CIQ centre in Lahad Datu was in line with a 1993 gazette that allowed for Lahad Datu to be an entry point to the state.
"This will enable us to tighten our security along Sabah's east coast border and also allow for foreigners with proper documents to enter the state legally," he said.
Hishammuddin said that this would also help in ensuring better monitoring of movement in and out of the East Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE), apart from ensuring the safety and security of merchant ships passing through the area.
"I believe the implementation of ESSCOM will become an important component of Sabah's security, he said adding that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman will personally oversee the project.
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