LAHAD DATU, Nov 3 — The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will conduct a workshop to discuss a strategic plan for the future development of infrastructure and assets in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) at 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu for three days, beginning Nov 7.
Its Director-General Datuk Mohammad Mentek said some 55 officers from various agencies, including security agencies, defence and enforcement and other related agencies were expected to participate in this maiden workshop.
“We hope this workshop can gather the necessary inputs so that all planning and asset development can be adjusted according to the needs and priority of Esscom,” he said in a statement here Sunday.
Aside from strengthening infrastructure development planning and assets in Esszone, Mohammad said the workshop was also aimed at enhancing cooperation among security agencies, defence and enforcement as well as optimising the use of facilities and assets through smart collaboration between and among the agencies.
He said discussions would also focus on how to expand and enhance information sharing capabilities, especially on matters related to surveillance within the Esszone.
Mohammad hoped collaboration could be established in all forms to facilitate the implementation of Esszone, thus ensuring security along the east coast of Sabah.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had recently said that the Federal government was committed to fulfilling its promise to the people of Sabah, of implementing the Esscom and Esszone.
However, Najib was quoted as saying that the Federal government would not do anything without the agreement of the people of Sabah.
Esscom, which is the security enforcement agency in Esszone, came into effect on April 1, and was launched officially by Najib in Lahad Datu on April 13.
Before this, on March 7, Najib, who viewed seriously the intrusion by armed terrorists from Sulu in February, announced the establishment of a Special Security Area in Sabah to safeguard the sovereignty and security of the state’s east coast.
Subsequently, Esszone was announced by Najib in conjunction with the 206th Police Day on March 25, covering the districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau.
Esszone, which covers 10 districts along 1,733.7km of Sabah’s east coast, is, among others, aimed at enhancing all other operations by security forces, including the Malaysian Armed Forces, Police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Immigration Department.