Sabah security boosted with 12-hour sea patrols

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jan 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Threats from cross-border criminals, including from kidnap-for-ransom groups make it necessary to extend Sabah’s dusk to dawn sea curfew by another two weeks from Jan 11 to 26, said state Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

The 6pm to 6am curfew covers areas up to three nautical miles off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

“There is a need to continue the curfew to prevent the encroachment of terrorists and criminals,” he said in a statement.

Intelligence suggests kidnap-­for-ransom groups and Abu Sayyaf militants are still trying to commit cross-border crimes, he added.

“We also want to ensure the safety of the people of Sabah who use the waters and are staying near the Esszone,” he said.

Omar added that the curfew was to facilitate monitoring of boat activities in the area as well as to give a sense of security to nearby chalet owners and fishermen.

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