Mat Sabu: Sabah sea curfew to be reviewed


SANDAKAN: The implementation of the dusk-to-dawn curfew four years ago in the east coast of Sabah will be reviewed, says Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

This, he said, was to determine whether the curfew was still necessary as the number of kidnap for ransom cases in the east coast of Sabah has been on the decline over the past three years.

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

“We know that more and more tourists, especially from China, are visiting the east coast areas of Sabah.

“This shows that they are confident of the improved level of

security in those areas,” he said.

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), he said, would also be restructured to further enhance security on the east coast.

He said the National Security Council was in the midst of discussing the matter, including efforts to acquire additional equipment to improve the capability of the security forces under Esscom.

“The council is working with the state government over the task distribution.

“The ministry has acquired an additional allocation of over RM200mil and it will be distributed to enhance Esscom’s task of maintaining security,” he told reporters after a by-election ceramah here on Sunday night. — Bernama

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