LAHAD DATU, (May 7) — Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun is satisfied with the level of cooperation given by the resort operators in helping to enhance further security control in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), especially in the waters off Semporna.
He said there were some resorts that had already installed security radar on their own initiative while the majority of workers were locals.
Describing it as a good development in the prevention of cross border crimes, particularly abductions, he said based on surveillance done by ESSCom security personnel several days ago some resorts had installed the radar facility, including in Pulau Mataking.
“Resort operators also complied to the directive not to hire foreign workers and ESSCom really appreciates this cooperation and hope it will continue,” he said when speaking at the Lahad Datu Youth with ESSCom get-together here last night.
Also present were ESSCom chief executive officer Ruji Ubi, Lahad Datu district officer Iman Ali, ESSCom Logistics and Administration director Brig Jen Subari Tomo, ESSCom maritime enforcement director First Admiral M. Karunanithi, ESSCom intelligence director Datuk Md Rahim Mohammad, public action director Wan Mohd Khalid Wan Kamal, Lahad Datu district police chief ACP Hamzah Ahmad and Lahad Datu youth organisation leaders.
Abdul Rashid said ESSCom security personnel also conducted surveillance and inspections at several caged fish breeding centres in the surrounding waters off Tawau, Kunak, Semporna and Lahad Datu in efforts to strengthen further security control in the area.
“The operation is aimed at detecting illegal foreign workers besides reminding fish-breeding operators to be always on the alert to face any eventuality,” he said.
Meanwhile he urged the youth in ESSZone to continue helping ESSCom in the dissemination of information, particularly those involving smuggling and instrusion by illegals.
To get rid ESSZone of illegals, Abdul Rashid said a special integrated operation led by ESSCom was launched and being conducted on an ongoing basis in Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. — BERNAMA