16 IN­FOR­MANTS IDEN­TI­FIED

Snitches re­vealed info that com­pro­mises Sabah’s se­cu­rity, says Shahi­dan

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AU­THOR­I­TIES have iden­ti­fied 16 in­for­mants who al­legedly re­vealed in­for­ma­tion to out­siders, threat­en­ing Sabah’s se­cu­rity, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim said yes­ter­day.

“In an ef­fort to cap­ture th­ese 16 snitches, we have cir­cu­lated re­lated in­for­ma­tion and pho­to­graphs. They are be­lieved to be col­lab­o­rat­ing and act­ing as dis­trib­u­tors of in­for­ma­tion that is detri­men­tal to the se­cu­rity of the coun­try,” he said.

Shahi­dan said this in re­sponse to a ques­tion from Barisan Nasional Sepang­gar MP Datuk Ju­mat Idris at the De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Arau MP, the gov­ern­ment has im­proved se­cu­rity in the south­ern Philip­pines-Malaysia wa­ters.

“We are reg­u­larly work­ing with the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment via co­or­di­nated pa­trolling to mon­i­tor the area from time to time.

“We have also car­ried out op­er­a­tions to en­sure the safety of our wa­ters,” he said.

Shahi­dan also said that since De­cem­ber last year, there had been no cases of ab­duc­tion on the is­lands of both na­tions.

“Philip­pines-Malaysia wa­ters are rel­a­tively calm and un­der con­trol. There had been no ab­duc­tions by mil­i­tants es­pe­cially from mil­i­tant groups like Abu Sayyaf,” he said.

BER­NAMA PIC

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim at the De­wan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur.

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