TAWAU, (April 30) — The Suluk ethnic community in Sabah has been urged not to be influenced by provocative actions by a group who displayed the flags of the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultanate in Kampung Long Danau, Lahad Datu near here last week.
Describing the action of flying the flags as a lack of patriotic fervour, Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek said ESSCom would thwart any attempts to incite local communities by any means, including flying the Sulu Sultanate flags in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).
Such action should not have occurred in Sabah as it is under the sovereignty of Malaysia, he said at an ESSCom dialogue with the Suluk community here today.
On April 22, authorities arrested a man who claimed he was empowered by the so-called Sulu Sultanate, Southern Philippines to look after the Suluk community in Sabah.
The 57-year-old suspect, who displayed the flags of the self-proclaimed sultanate at his home, was picked up during a special operation coordinated by ESSCom.
Kampung Long Danau is located near Kampung Tanduo, the landing site of Sulu militant intruders who killed 10 members of the security forces early last year.
Calling on local communities not to harbour intruders, Mohammad said although there were no longer any intrusion attempts in the east coast of Sabah, ESSCom was now dealing with transnational crimes, particularly kidnapping.
He was confident that abductions could be averted with increased security and cooperation from all quarters, including resort operators and the maritime community. — BERNAMA