13 kid­nap at­tempts in Sabah wa­ters foiled by Esscom

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SABAH’S coastal se­cu­rity has strength­ened greatly un­der the Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand (Esscom), said Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim.

He said Esscom foiled 13 kid­nap at­tempts in Sabah this year, fol­low­ing the ar­rest of 1,005 lo­cals and il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Shahi­dan said the se­cu­rity en­force­ment agency also ar­rested two crim­i­nals in wa­ters near Pu­lau Pom Pom off Sem­porna on Dec 8 last year.

“Esscom has part­nered with var­i­ous par­ties, such as the Ma­rine Po­lice and Filipino se­cu­rity forces, to com­bat crim­i­nals.

“Among the joint ef­forts un­der­taken is the shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence be­tween Malaysia and the Philip­pines,” he said dur­ing Ques­tion Time at De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day.

Shahi­dan was re­ply­ing to a ques­tion by Datuk Dr Makin @ Mar­cus Mo­jigoh (BN-Pu­tatan).

Makin had asked the min­is­ter to elab­o­rate on the suc­cesses achieved by Esscom since its es­tab­lish­ment and the num­ber of crim­i­nals ar­rested for en­ter­ing the coun­try through its sea bor­ders. Esscom was es­tab­lished on March 7, 2013, fol­low­ing a Sulu ter­ror­ist in­tru­sion in La­had Datu, Sabah, in Fe­bru­ary that year.

It over­sees the Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Zone (Ess­zone) in pro­tect­ing the sovereignty and strength­en­ing se­cu­rity in the east coast of the state.

Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and in­cur­sions by the Abu Sayyaf pi­rates had been an is­sue in Sabah for many years.

The long bor­ders are por­ous and ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to po­lice as Esscom had to de­fend vast ar­eas with a coast­line of 1,773km.

Esscom had a ma­jor suc­cess last De­cem­ber when se­cu­rity forces shot dead three sus­pected kid­nap­pers, in­clud­ing Abu Sayyaf key leader Abra­ham @ Ibrahim Hamid, in a gun­fight in Sem­porna wa­ters.

Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim

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