TAWAU: The armed forces will deploy two platoons and 18 boats to strengthen security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Ahmad Fuad Othman said the matter was relayed to him by Defence Force Chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang in a video conference on Wednesday.
“We are waiting for assistance from the armed forces and this (assistance) is an ongoing process, and when there is additional on-duty personnel and security assets, we will design the operation accordingly based on the threat.
“We take into account the threat of militants, Abu Sayyaf groups, kidnap-for-ransom groups as well as dealing with the entry of illegal immigrants who are exposed to Covid-19, ” he told reporters after inspecting the Inderasabah security post here yesterday.
Ahmad Fuad said there were almost 1,000 security personnel in planned operations involving the prevention of illegal entries, both in the maritime areas and on land through checkpoints.
“We have identified 70 illegal immigrant focal points at Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau, ” he said.
Earlier, Ahmad Fuad had inspected the security posts at Wallace Bay and Burs Points. — Bernama