counterparts Delfin Lorenzana Negrillo of the Philippines, Thailand’s Prawit Wangsuwon and Ryamizard Ryacudu of Indonesia to get the latest updates.”
Hishammuddin said to enhance and strengthen security controls in Sabah, the armed forces would deploy additional assets.
“This involves adding two patrol vessels that are deployed today to assist in the tightening of controls in the waters of Sabah and assigning the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) and its troops to operate in neighbouring islands off Sabah, as well as increasing combat patrol boats in the areas identified as the southern Philippines’ entrance.”
He said an additional army infantry company would be stationed in Cenderawasih, Lahad Datu, while additional troops were deployed to ensure the as they often misinterpreted the scriptures contained in the holy book.
He said they became obsessed with certain individuals, who made use of religion and performed acts that deviated from the teachings of the Quran.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said a study conducted by the ministry found that 87 per coast of Lahad Datu was fully guarded.
“We will not bow to any party or group that attempts to destroy the security and sovereignty of the country.
“We have come to a consensus with our friends all over the world to continue working closely to deal with these threats after a business trip in Saudi Arabia recently.”
Meanwhile, AFP reported that Philippine security forces dropped more bombs yesterday on Marawi City, where they have been battling militants for five days, vowing no let-up despite the start of Ramadan.
President Rodrigo Duterte had since Wednesday declared martial law south of the Philippines in response to the clashes, which have claimed at least 48 lives.
Local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-ar Herrera cent of those involved in terrorist activities did not have basic religious education.
He said the government had taken action to detain individuals involved with terror groups and conduct deradicalisation programmes to rehabilitate them.
“We pray that no acts of terrorism would occur in our country.” said they had identified where the group was consolidating and would launch airstrikes to destroy the local terrorist group.
Truckloads of extra marines were driven into Marawi, one of the biggest Muslim-populated cities in the mainly Catholic Philippines with about 200,000 residents.
Black Islamic State flags were planted while the group took a priest and up to 14 other people hostage from a church, and set fire to buildings.
Thirteen soldiers, two policemen and 31 militants have died in the fighting, according to authorities. Two civilians were confirmed killed inside a hospital that the gunmen had occupied on Tuesday. The military said it was investigating reports that nine people were murdered at a checkpoint the militants had set up.
At the event, Zahid donated 320 copies of the Quran to participants.
He read the Al-Baqarah chapter from the Quran together with 400 participants.
Present were the mosque’s chairman Datuk Thobrani Hanafi, and the programme’s facilitator, Sheikh Said Abdellatif Karawia. Bernama
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi greeting participants in a Quran learning and recital programme at Masjid Al Hidayah in Kampung Sungai Penchala, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.