BELURAN, — The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) which was established following the intrusion of Sulu terrorists in Tanduo two years ago, has to now deal with “enemies from within” in defending the sovereignty and security of the Sabah people, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).
ESSCom Chief of Staff (Special Investigation and Technical) SAC Rosli Mohd Isa said the support and cooperation from all quarters, especially the community in the coastal areas of ESSZone, was crucial to overcome such a threat and to ensure the area remained safe and peaceful.
“For example, the abduction case at the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan recently was impossible for the criminals to come direct from the neighbouring country, know when to come and leave the Sandakan waters safely, and know their target, including the people to kidnap.
“The criminals seem to know everything because there are inside people who provide information. This is our challenge, the enemies from within. This mole, is believed to be illegal immigrants, are everywhere among us, especially in ESSZone,” he said in his talk on security after breaking fast organised by ESSCOM at the Nurhidayah Mosque, Kampung Kolapis near here, last night.
As such, he advised the ESSZone community to report immediately the presence of illegal immigrants or suspicious characters in their villages to enable the security authorities to act early to effectively prevent cross-border crimes.
“Despite ESSCom repeatedly appealing to the people, including village heads and chairmen of the Village Security and Development Committees, to do so, many did not.
“When security authorities launch operations against illegal immigrants, many were arrested, but they were not reported as requested. Assist and provide us (ESSCom) information. Security is a joint responsibility,” he added.
Rosli said ESSCom, with 150 staff, could not do the job alone without public support and cooperation, especially residents in ESSZone.
He also advised residents in the coastal areas to always be alert of any eventualities because “we do not know when the cross-border criminals are going to strike”.
“Although Beluran is calm and peaceful, we have to always be cautious as still waters run deep,” he added.– BERNAMA