Sabah sea curfew extended yet another two weeks


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s dusk-to-dawn sea curfew which ends today (May 10) will be extended for another two weeks until May 26 (Sunday), says Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

He said the extension of the 6pm-to-6am curfew  was needed due to continuous threats from cross-border criminals, including from kidnap-for-ransom groups.

Omar said the curfew covered areas up to three nautical miles off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

"There is a need to continue the curfew in these waters to prevent the encroachment of terrorists and criminals who threaten the safety of locals, international researchers and tourists on islands," he said in a statement Friday (May 10).

Omar said according to intelligence, kidnap-for-ransom groups and Abu Sayyaf militants were still trying to attack and commit cross-border crimes.

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

He added that the curfew was to facilitate enforcement and monitoring of boat activities in the area, as well as establish a sense of security with nearby chalet owners and fishermen through the presence of a security team.

"I have also given the authority to all district police chiefs to issue permits to any eligible applicants who fit the criteria to conduct fishery activities in the areas affected by the curfew," Omar said.

The curfew was first implemented on July 19, 2014 following a spate of kidnappings which saw the beheading of Sarawakian Bernard Then Ted Fed and the killing of several others, including a policeman and tourists.

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