“It was most challenging but we managed to form it in less than two weeks.
As a new agency, we did not have anything (to begin with), we had to start everything from scratch.
“We needed new energy, new thoughts, new thinking. I thank God I got full cooperation from the armed forces, police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the general public,” he said in a statement issued by the Sabah Information Department.
Mohammad, accompanied by ESSCom officers awaiting new appointments, namely DCP Dato Ahmad Nadzer Nordin; Maj Gen Datuk Masrani Paiman; Maj Gen Datuk Mohd Noor Osman and Dr Jefri Abdul Jalil, paid a courtesy call on Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Istana Negeri here Wednesday.
ESSCom was formed after the intrusion of Sulu militants in Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February last year.
Mohammad said Juhar was briefed on the restructuring of ESSCom after the abolition of 13 senior posts and transfers of officers, following an announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on July 15.
He said he was waiting for the transfer order on his new appointment from the Public Services Commission. — BERNAMA