No Compromise On Security Despite Financial Constraints

Shafie Apdal and Jannie Lasimbang share a few words at the end of the Sabah Legislative Assembly session on Monday. The Chief Minister said there will be no compromise with Sabah’s security.

KOTA KINABALU: The state government has not stopped efforts to increase the level of security in Sabah, despite the various challenges faced, including financial constraints.

Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal, when answering questions at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here on Wednesday (Aug 7), said Sabah continues to face threats from cross-border criminals, and therefore there should be no compromise in security aspects.

“For example, we have proposed the transfer of the army battalion from the Lok Kawi camp to the eastern Lahad Datu coast, using high tech radars and drones to better monitor the movements at sea borders, ” he said.

“This proposal to move the Lok kawi camp to Lahad Datu can also act as a deterrent for criminals, ” he said.

The Chief Minister stops by to chat with Membakut Assemblyman Arifin Arif.

Apart from that, Shafie said the state government will try to realise plans to build an army camp in Beluran, which is one of the districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

He said this was important as Beluran connects to Kalabakan, Tambisan and Lahad Datu, where many of the kidnappings and other serious crimes occur.

“The federal government is faced with heavy loans but we will make sure that the plan to have an army camp in Beluran will become a reality, ” he said.

Shafie said the government is also conducting a study on how to restructure the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to better beef up security in Sabah.