The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said the islands used as a staging point by the foreigners were outside Malaysian territory with the nearest located some five nautical miles from Sabah waters or about 10 minutes by boat.
“They are believed to be using boats with a capacity of 40 to 50 people each.
“We are constantly monitoring their movements. They have been detected holding out to try and breach our security while waiting for the right time to cross our border,” he said yesterday.
Acryl Sani said prior to this, several attempts to encroach into Sabah waters had been thwarted by security forces.
“In fact, we had already tightened border security to curb the entry of illegals way before the state polls as part of our efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19,” he told reporters.
Sabah police have been coordinating with the Eastern Sabah Security Command to strengthen security forces’ assets.
Some 7,600 police officers and personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the state election.
Apart from this, 1,700 personnel have been assigned for core police duties and another 1,700 for maintaining security, especially in the east coast.
In addition, 73 teams, comprising 1,276 policemen and 570 personnel from other agencies, had been formed to ensure compliance with standard operating procedure under the recovery movement control order. — Bernama
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