Sabah to get two more GOF battalions

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is expected to get two new General Operations Force (GOF) battalions soon, one stationed in Keningau and the other in Kunak.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said this would take the total number of GOF battalions in Sabah to seven.

The existing battalions are stationed in Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Beluran while the Pangalungan post in Nabawan is under construction.

“The additional two battalions are to strengthen border control and other crime prevention measures,” he said during his speech at the officiating of the state police headquarters building in Kepayan near here on Tuesday (Feb 28).

Acryl Sani hoped the quality and efficiency of border security would be enhanced especially in efforts to curb illegal entry and fight cross-border crime.

“I believe the Sabah police contingent could double their efforts in carrying out their duties with professionalism and commitment,” he said.

On the police headquarters building, which has actually been operational for the past 10 years, he said it comprised two administrative blocks, a central lockup, communications workshop, security post and staff quarters.

“This building was built at a cost of RM90.3mil starting in July 2007 and completed in July 2013, and it was fully operational by then,” said Acryl Sani.

He urged all members of the force to carry out their duties with dedication and responsibility while maintaining the highest standards for the good of the police and their services to the people and nation.

Present to officiate the building was Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

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