Military prepared for ‘any possibility’ over reports foreign interference in Sabah polls


KUALA LUMPUR: The Armed Forces is prepared for “any possibility” following information that illegal immigrants might head to Sabah to disrupt the state elections.

Its chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang said the Armed Forces is always ready to face any situation that could threaten the country's wellbeing and sovereignty.

“Through Ops Benteng led by the military, security at the country's land and sea borders will be strengthened from time to time.

"The operation is conducted systematically, especially focusing on the aspects of the security and safety of Sabah to ensure the elections run smoothly.

"I believe we can be successful with the involvement and cooperation of other security forces and agencies," he said in a statement Tuesday (Sept 22).

He urged locals to be the security forces' “eyes and ears” as defending the country's sovereignty is the responsibility of all Malaysians.

"The people, especially those in Sabah, are urged to cooperate by relaying information on the encroachment of illegal immigrants and cross-border crimes.

"Those with information can contact the National Task Force (NTF) hotline at 011-62511223,” he added.

The Sabah state elections will be held this Saturday (Sept 26).

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