KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia March 29 (NNN-Bernama) — Sabah state Immigration Director Mohammad Mentek has been appointed director of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) effective April 1.
The appointment was announced today by Chief Secretary to the Government Dr Ali Hamsa.
He said Mohammad, 48, had vast experience in the fields of human resource development and management, finance and security.
“I believe his qualification, experience, knowledge and credibility will enable him to helm ESSCOM well and ensure public order and security in the special security zone,” he said in a statement.
Mohammad holds a Master of Science (Statistics) degree and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) degree from the University of Minnesota, United States.
He joined the civil service as an administrative and diplomatic officer on
Dec 1, 1992. He was appointed Sabah Immigration director on Aug 14, 2010.
Mohammad has also served as director of the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) Sabah campus; Labuan Immigration director;
under-secretary of the Research and Planning Division in the Home Ministry; Perak assistant financial officer and assistant secretary of the Personnel, Services and Training Branch of the then Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Ministry.
The establishment of ESSCOM was announced by Prime Minister Najib
Tun Razak on March 7 following a terrorist intrusion in Lahad Datu. ESSCOM covers the districts of Kudat, Tawau, Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu.
In KOTA KINABALU, Mohammad told Bernama he was prepared to take on the huge responsibility of helming ESSCOM.
Thanking the government for having the trust in him, he said: “God willing, I will discharge my duty as best as I can, particularly in meeting the demands placed upon me by the prime minister.
“This is an appreciation accorded to the public service, the security forces
comprising the police, military and so on.” Mohammad, who will give up the post of Sabah immigration director on Sunday, said he was thankful that he had established cordial relations with various departments and agencies, including the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Armed Forces, while he was the immigration director.
“I express my gratitude for the support and cooperation they had extended to me and I hope that this good relations will continue to enable me to make a success of the ESSCOM,” he said. — BERNAMA