Time for puni­tive ac­tions – CM

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

TAWAU: Sabah has called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to look into the need to take of­fen­sive ac­tions to com­bat rob­beries and kid­nap­ping in Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Zone (ESSZone).

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal said the time has come for Malaysia to stop tak­ing a de­fen­sive at­ti­tude as these crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties had clearly af­fected the tourism sec­tor as well as the se­cu­rity of the lo­cal peo­ple and and for­eign work­ers who came to Malaysia to find a liv­ing.

“They (for­eign work­ers) came to work in Malaysia and they also do not want to be kid­napped.

“It will not work if we keep play­ing de­fen­sive; I think its time for us to go on the of­fen­sive,” he said.

He was speak­ing to re­porters at a mem­ber­ship form handover cer­e­mony for new mem­bers to join Parti Warisan Sabah in Kal­abakan di­vi­sion here yes­ter­day.

Mohd Shafie also pro­posed gov­ern­ment to gov­ern­ment co­op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing Malaysia with In­done­sia and Philip­pines over the mat­ter.

In this re­gard, he would be ask­ing se­cu­rity forces to step up its op­er­a­tion in Sabah.

“I will be hav­ing a meet­ing with the se­cu­rity di­vi­sion on Mon­day and I want op­er­a­tion to be im­proved,” he said.

On Dec 5, four armed men in a speed boat at­tempted to rob a trawler, Mag­trans II in the wa­ters of Pe­ga­sus Reef in Kin­abatan­gan and the sus­pects fired two shots ran­domly at the trawler which hit Mag­tran’s skip­per on the left thigh.

Apart from that, a fish­ing boat owner also re­ported four of his work­ers com­pris­ing a skip­per and three fish­er­men were miss­ing from the same wa­ters on the same day. - Ber­nama

David (left) show­ing Christina maps of Sabah’s for­est cov­ers and the core habi­tat of the Sunda clouded leop­ard. Also seen are the min­istry’s Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mariam Omar Ma­tusin and Sabah Wildlife Depart­ment Director Au­gus­tine Tu­uga.

Shafie

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