LAHAD DATU, Jan 27 (Bernama) — A delegation of 27 diplomats from foreign missions in Kuala Lumpur have visited the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), a security area that stretches 1,733.7 kilometres along the east coast of Sabah, from Kudat to Tawau.
The visitors, led by international relations officer of the Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Abdul Shakor Abu Bakar, were welcomed yesterday by Esscom deputy commander Brig Gen Subari Tomo and other Esscom senior officials.
The delegation was briefed on the security developments in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), which encompassed the Esscom plans and strategies in combating cross-border crime such as smuggling, abductions and illegal immigration.
The briefing was given by Esscom operations centre deputy head Col Mas’od Muhammad.
Esscom commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun hosted a dinner last night for the visitors at the Lahad Datu Marine Police Base complex.
Today, the delegation is scheduled to visit the General Operations Force control post on Pulau Mabul, Semporna.
Esscom was established on April 1, 2013, following a terrorist intrusion in Tanduo, Lahad Datu, early that year.
Esszone covers 10 districts, namely Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. — BERNAMA