The Sun (Malaysia)
Esscom, armed forces expand radar coverage
THE Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and the armed forces are developing another five Coastal Surveillance System locations to expand their radar coverage in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Esscom was also tightening security around five islands in the waters off Teluk Darvel, Lahad Datu and Semporna to cut off high-risk routes where kidnap for ransom and robbery at sea occur.
“The Coastal Surveillance System is located in eight locations, operating from Pulau Banggi to Tinagat, Tawau.
“These inspection facilities are used during operations in Esszone and the control radar system is operated by the Armed Forces joint base (ATB) 2 in Tawau,” Shahidan said in reply to Er Teck Hwa (DAPBakri) on the list of types, capacity and locations of coastal surveillance radar found in Esszone apart from purchased boats and vessels operating in the area involved besides the action, operation and investigation that had been conducted so far.
Shahidan said eight vessels and 69 boats are operating at any one time in the Esszone waters along high-risk routes and identified hot spots.
He said Esscom was also acquiring 92 speed boats of various types.
“These vessels will be acquired in stages with the acquisition to be completed fully by February 2016,” he said. – Bernama