Police Prepared To Ensure Security In Sabah Waters, Says IGP Khalid

Khalid Abu Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have reiterated their preparedness to improve security control in the east coast of Sabah to prevent any intrusion and kidnapping incident.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were aware that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, would always be looking for opportunities to commit crimes in the waters of Malaysia and also Philippine.

“We do not take any threats they pose lightly. We have placed special elite forces in the areas believed to be their routes to carry out cross-border crimes,” he told reporters here.

He said this in response to media reports today that Abu Sayyaf’s plan to conduct large scale abducting activities in the waters of Sabah and the Philippines was halted following the death of a senior leader of the group Muamar Askali or Abu Rami, in Bohol Island and the move taken by several of the group members to surrender to the authorities in Tawi-Tawi islands.

Khalid said police did not rule out the possibility that the group would flee here following the action taken by the Philippine authorities to launch raids on militants’ hotbeds in that country.