Sabah wants intensified anti-kidnapping efforts

KOTA KINABALU: The state government wants security forces to intensify intelligence-sharing and other security efforts to prevent kidnapping in Sabah.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the recent kidnapping, which saw two Indonesian fishermen taken at gunpoint, needs to be looked at seriously.

He said there had to be no compromises when it came to Sabah's security.

"Although this incident involves Indonesians and not our citizens, we cannot take it lightly. We must step up efforts to prevent it from occurring," he said after visiting the Malaysia Day celebration site at Padang Merdeka here on Wednesday (Sept 12).

Shafie said continuous engagement with the Philippines and other countries with common borders were needed to ensure that information is shared and cross-border crimes can be prevented.

Meanwhile, the Semporna MP and Parti Warisan Sabah president also said this year's Malaysia Day celebration would have added significance.

"This year's celebration will be extra meaningful, because it celebrates the formation of Malaysia as well as the new government," he said.

He said if all goes as planned, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would attend the event here.