KOTA KINABALU, (Nov 19) — Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek has made an impassioned call to island resort operators in Sabah, especially those in Sabah’s east coast, to cooperate with security personnel patrolling their area.
“Let the Semporna case (murder-cum-abduction involving a Taiwanese couple in Pulau Pom-Pom on Nov 15) serve as a wake-up call to (all) resort operators.
“It is time the operators review their security preparations, including getting sufficient well-trained security personnel and surveillance equipment,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly sitting here today.
Mohammad also said the matter would be raised when Esscom joined state tourism, culture and environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun during his meeting with island resort operators soon.
“The chief minister (Datuk Seri Musa Aman) has asked Datuk Masidi to ask resort operators whether they faced any difficulty (in the course of their work) and seek their cooperation to allow security agencies to patrol the area without limitation,” he added.
On negative impressions cast over the security of tourists in the east coast, following the Semporna incident in which a Taiwanese tourist was shot dead and his wife abducted, Mohammad said all security agencies worked to prevent such incidents from recurring.
On Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s call to the state authorities to ban the use of pump boats at the sea border, he said the pump boats were useful due to their capacity to move in shallow waters and speed.
However, he said it was up to the state government to make a decision on the matter.
Earlier, Mohammad said he held a briefing with state assemblymen on Esscom’s role and responsibilities, adding that he received suggestions to enhance the number of security personnel at security posts on the islands, as well as in the mainland. – Bernama