Keep­ing the east coast of Sabah safe

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PLAN­TA­TION In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Deputy Min­is­ter Datuk Datu Nas­run Datu Mansur called on the peo­ple to sup­port govern­ment ini­tia­tives to pro­tect the coun­try’s sovereignty.

Datu Nas­run, who is Silam mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said the govern­ment took Sabah’s se­cu­rity se­ri­ously and would go to great lengths to pro­tect the peo­ple from any form of in­tru­sion.

He stressed that the es­tab­lish­ment of the East­ern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand (Esscom), mooted by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, was among the ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity mea­sures put in place to as­sist in mon­i­tor­ing sus­pi­cious move­ments at sea.

The se­cu­rity body was launched in April 2014 to safe­guard the na­tion’s sovereignty and se­cu­rity fol­low­ing the in­tru­sion by Sulu ter­ror­ists in Kam­pung Tan­duo at Felda Sa­ha­bat near here in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

“It was a sad event but, be­cause of it, more se­cu­rity as­sets are be­ing put in place on the east coast of Sabah and Esscom is set up be­cause it is nec­es­sary. The govern­ment is con­cerned about the peo­ple’s safety,” said Nas­run at the Ne­garaku: Ko­mu­niti 1Malaysia pro­gramme at Felda Sa­ha­bat here, on Sun­day.

“The govern­ment has trans­formed a de­com­mis­sioned oil rig into a sea-based for­ward base that is equipped with high-tech de­vices and Felda Sa­ha­bat has an army base camp now.

“There is al­ways a sil­ver lin­ing be­hind a tragedy, and all these (se­cu­rity mea­sures) are the re­sult of the Tan­duo in­cur­sion and the peo­ple must con­tinue to sup­port the govern­ment in its ef­fort to safe­guard the coun­try and its cit­i­zens,” he added.

Present at the event were Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Dr Shar­i­fah Zarah Syed Ah­mad, In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment di­rec­tor­gen­eral Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman and District Of­fi­cer cum Lahad Datu 1Malaysia Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee chair­man Iman Ali.

Speak­ing to Felda Sa­ha­bat vil­lagers, Nas­run stressed that Lahad Datu re­mained safe and the well­be­ing of set­tlers con­tin­ued to im­prove.

“I was born and grew up in Lahad Datu. We are not afraid of liv­ing here be­cause it is safe. The only prob­lem is the sea but rest as­sured that the govern­ment is giv­ing se­cu­rity em­pha­sis to en­sure the east coast of Sabah is safe for liv­ing.

“It is also my hope that the peo­ple of Felda Sa­ha­bat will learn from the in­cur­sion tragedy and con­tinue to strengthen unity.”

Or­gan­ised by the In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment and 1Malaysia Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee, the Ne­garaku: Ko­mu­niti 1Malaysia is aimed at boost­ing pa­tri­o­tism among cit­i­zens, es­pe­cially youth.

Dur­ing the event, which took place here from March 24 to 26, sev­eral pro­grammes were lined up, in­clud­ing talks, ex­hi­bi­tions and a cy­cling race.

Ear­lier, Shar­i­fah said the 1Malaysia Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee was set up to al­low the peo­ple to en­gage the govern­ment and un­der­stand its poli­cies.

"Nowa­days, news and in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained eas­ily via so­cial me­dia. Hence, it is the role of the In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment to go to the ground to chan­nel (ver­i­fied) in­for­ma­tion among oth­ers.

“The peo­ple must be well in­formed about govern­ment poli­cies to en­sure that their well-be­ing is be­ing taken care of,” she said.

Be­ing a state with a di­verse cul­tural back­ground, Shar­i­fah re­minded the peo­ple to stay united and to con­tinue to up­hold peace and har­mony while work­ing to­gether to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture.

Cur­rently, Shar­i­fah said there were 1,500 ac­tive 1Malaysia Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tees through­out the coun­try, adding Lahad Datu had three in Ban­dar Lahad Datu, Kam­pung Jawa and Kam­pung Zon Segama.

MALAI ROS­MAH TUAH

Silam mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Datu Nas­run Datu Mansur (cen­tre) says the govern­ment takes Sabah’s se­cu­rity se­ri­ously to pro­tect the peo­ple.

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