KOTA KINABALU: The Chief Minister has demanded that human smuggling activities into Sabah cease immediately so as to prevent Abu Sayyaf gunmen and ther militants fleeing fighting in southern Philippines.
Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman in ordering security forces to go all out to stop this scourge as there is a possibility that the militants might try to slip in as ordinary illegal immigrants.
He said that there was a need to curb all human smuggling activities in view of Philippines government operations to wipe out extremist and kidnap for ransom groups.
“There is a possibility that these terrorists might try to escape into Sabah as ordinary immigrants,’’ he said after chairing the State Security Council meeting Tuesday.
In a statement late Tuesday evening, Musa added: “We are monitoring the developments in southern Philippines and there is a possibility of their citizens trying to flee towards Sabah with the ongoing military operations.
“All necessary measures are being taken by various agencies to ensure the state’s security remains at high levels of alert against any threat, especially in the ESSZONE (Eastern Sabah Security Zone) area.’’
Musa ordered security forces to tighten security at all known legal and illegal entry points to check on such activities.
He also wants all agencies to coordinate and work together to check on any threats including kidnapping, smuggling and intrusions by cross border groups.
Musa, who heads the Council, suggested that security forces adopt “predictive intelligence” as a method to overcome and solve threats quickly.
He also urged the people to be united and provide all the support to the security forces to ensure the peace and security of the state is maintained all the time.