LAHAD DATU, (June 25) — Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) director-general, Datuk Mohammad Mentek has refuted claims that an exchange of fire occurred between Malaysian security forces and cross-border criminals in Kunak, near here, early today.
Instead, he said, Kunak town was safe and calm, unlike the tense situation reported widely by the social media.
However, Mohammad confirmed that ESSCom launched the 22nd “Op Gasak” early today in Kunak encompassing three villages, namely Kampung Bakau, Kampung Nelayan and Kampung Basilan.
The 22nd “Op Gasak” was led by ESSCom director of operations, Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun and involved various security and defence agencies including the Immigration Department and National Registration Department.
“‘Op Gasak’ was launched following the kidnapping incident in Kampung Air Sapang, Kunak recently and I hope the public will remain calm and not spread untruths, especially through the social media,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said 129 people believed to be illegal immigrants were detained in the operation carried out for seven hours from 3am today.
He said all of them, including 34 women, were detained for having no valid identification documents, adding that the illegals were then brought to the Kunak community hall before being handed over to the Immigration Department. — BERNAMA