PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will tighten border security following the recent spate of militant and terrorist activities in neighbouring countries, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic).
"This is because of the incidents that have taken place in three of our neighbours including the bombing at a hospital in Bangkok, another bombing in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, and the conflict between Filipino forces and militants in Marawi City, Mindanao," he said in a statement on Saturday.
He said that the armed forces have been ordered to beef up patrols along Malaysia's borders.
Hishammuddin said he had spoken to the defence ministers of all three countries and pledged that Malaysia will work closely with its neighbours to ensure security in the region.
"In Sabah, the armed forces will deploy more assets including two additional ships for patrols and Quick Reaction Force (QRF) soldiers will be placed with the troops already operating on the islands off Sabah," said Hishammuddin.
He also said that steps were being taken to ensure that the Lahad Datu coastline is fully guarded.
"Additional combat boat patrols will be set up at strategic locations and an additional company of infantry will be deployed at Cenderawasih in the Lahad Datu area," said Hishammuddin.
He said he had also spoken to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to ensure that there would be close cooperation between the relevant agencies.
"The security landscape of the world is becoming increasingly challenging. The recent terrorist attacks in the world like Egypt, Manchester, Paris, Stockholm, Iraq, and Afghanistan only prove that the threat is real," he said.
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