The Borneo Post (Sabah)

ESSCom identifies kidnap for ransom informers


SEMPORNA: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has identified the informers who helped the kidnap for ransom (KFR) groups in the waters off eastern Sabah.

ESSCom Commander Datuk Ahmad Fuad Othman also warned of stern action against the informers and their movements are now being monitored.

“The informers are not only people from Palau’ community, there are also locals and illegal immigrants, stop (being informers) we know where to find them,” he told a press conference here on Thursday.

He said good relations with its counterpar­t in the Philippine­s enabled the agency to resolve kidnapping cases even though the kidnappers were in the neighbouri­ng country.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Fuad said to strengthen security control in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), he hoped the government would consider adding high-tech radar, boat assets, security checkpoint­s and General Operations Force battalion.

On the operation to curb illegal immigrants, he said security forces in ESSZone had inspected 493,273 individual­s, while 118 individual­s had been charged in court involving 49 cases including smuggling with a total seizure of RM5.7 million.

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