KOTA KINABALU: The dawn to dusk sea curfew in Sabah's east coast will be extended from Sunday untill Jan 12 amid continuing threats from cross-border kidnap for ransom groups linked to Abu Sayyaf.
Sabah Police Commisisoner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said that the 7pm to 5am curfew that will cover seven districts from Tawau to Beluran in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) was extended in view of the security situation and the well-being of the people in the area,
"We want to ensure kidnap threats by terrorist groups from the southern Philippines can be avoided because of information on attempts to kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) and of the Abu Sayyaf group still trying to intrude and commit other cross-border crimes," he said in a statement here Saturday.
He said the curfew would enable the authorities to monitor movement of boats, as well as curb human trafficking, drug and firearm smuggling.
He said all district police chiefs in Esszone have been given the authority to issue permits to any applicants for fishing activities or for any emergency needs.Jalaluddin claimed that since the implementation of the curfew in July 2014, resort operators and people in the coast were more secure.
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