Musa Aman Lauds Move By Philippines To Allow ‘Hot Pursuits’ Against Criminals

Musa, third from right, lsitens
Musa, third from right, listens attentively to the Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff while they were both at the discussions with Najib and Philippines president Duterte on Thursday.

KOTA KINABALU – Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman welcomed the decision by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to allow Malaysian vessels to enter the Republic’s waters in the hot pursuit of cross-border kidnappers.

“This is a positive development towards curbing kidnapping incidents in Sabah,” he said in a statement Friday.

Malaysian patrol boats can now enter Philippine territorial waters in hot pursuit of cross border criminals.
Malaysian patrol boats can now enter Philippine territorial waters in hot pursuit of cross border criminals.

He said granting the Malaysian security forces to continue pursuing kidnappers after they have crossed into Philippine waters would increase the chances of nabbing them.

He also said Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo’s decision to allow a similar move was also a step in the right direction towards curbing cross border crimes.

Musa said he was also pleased to note that Duterte has agreed to the gradual repatriation of Filipinos illegally residing in Sabah.

“The bilateral meeting with President Duterte has been a meaningful. We hope for continued cooperation with both our neighbours, the Philippines and Indonesia, to maintain peace and security as well as good bilateral and trade relations,” he said.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Manila has allowed Malaysia and Indonesia to conduct ‘hot pursuit’ of criminals in Philippine waters.

Najib said the approval was given by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting in Putrajaya.

The defence ministers of the three countries will meet in Vientiane on Nov 22 to discuss the implementation of the SOP and the legal aspects.