been some significant improvements in terms of security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE) following the recent restructuring of the ESSCOM administration.
In welcoming the move, he said this augured well for the people and the state, particularly eastern
“Obviously there has been improvement. There is no doubt about it, and the government appeared
to have heeded the people’s call, including from the opposition, for the restructuring of the Eastern Sabah
Security Command (ESSCOM),” he told reporters after meeting ESSCOM Commander DCP Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun at the Esscom headquarters here.
Also present were DAP Sri Tanjung Assemblyman Chan Foong Hin and ESSCOM deputy commander Brigadier General Subari Tomo.
Wong, who is also Sandakan member of Parliment, said he was satisfied with the explanations given by ESSCOM Commander, especially on matters pertaining to the curfew imposed at six districts in ESSZONE.
“I now understand that fishing activities are not hampered by this curfew as long as they get the necessary permit to transit during curfew hours.
“Additionally I am satisfied that ESSCOM only apprehend those who have no identification document during enforcement operations at plantations, resorts and fish farms,” said Wong.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid urged the public, including peoples’ representatives to verify any issue with ESSCOM before going to media.
“This is to ensure a balanced and unbiased reporting in the media. If need be, I can be contacted at anytime.
“I welcome constructive criticism from the public with regard to security of ESSZONE. It is our shared objective to ensure Sabah is secure from any threat, particularly armed intrusion, kidnapping for ransom and smuggling,” he said.
Abdul Rashid said ESSCOM will continue to conduct enforcement operations, including Ops Gasak with the same intensity, including during festive season and public holidays.
“For the sake of security in ESSZONE, we even sacrificed our family life just to ensure the community in ESSZONE feel safe to carrry out their daily routine.
“As a loyal and responsible citizen, security ought to be our shared responsibility, irrespective of which side of the political fence you are from,” he said.