Sandakan MP: Upgrading Esscom assets critical to improve maritime security


KOTA KINABALU: Upgrading assets for the forces in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is critical to improve maritime security in the region, says Sandakan MP Vivian Wong.

She said this was even more necessary in light of the latest kidnapping that saw 10 fishing vessel crewmen snatched at about 2am on Tuesday (June 18).

“I agree with chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s view that the upgrading of assets in the restructuring of Esscom is needed to prevent cross-border crimes,” she said in a statement here Wednesday (June 19).

She said this would include adding manpower and assets for Esscom.

“I will be bringing these issues to Parliament next month,” Wong said.

Esscom is an integrated operation that involves various units of the security forces in Sabah that works together to fight crime and protect Sabah’s sea borders.

Esscom was set up in 2013 following the Lahad Datu intrusion which saw many civilians, militants and security forces killed.