Sabah has called on the government to look in to the need of taking offensive actions to combat robberies and kidnaps for ransom in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).
Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said enough time has come for Malaysia to avoid going for a defensive attitude as these criminal activities had clearly affected the tourism sector and also the security of the neighborhood people and and foreign workers who found Malaysia to locate a living.
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“They (foreign workers) found work in Malaysia plus they also usually do not desire to be kidnapped.
“It shall not work if we keep playing defensive, I believe its time for all of us to be on the offensive,” he said.
He was talking with reporters at a membership form handover ceremony for new members to become listed on Warisan in Kalabakan division in Tawau today.
Shafie also proposed government-to-government cooperation involving Malaysia with Philippines and Indonesia on the matter.
In this regard, he’d be asking security forces to intensify its operation in Sabah.
“I am having a gathering with the security division on Monday and I’d like operations to be improved,” he said.
On Dec 5, four armed men in a speed boat attemptedto rob a trawler, Magtrans II in the waters of Pegasus Reef in Kinabatangan and the suspects fired two shots randomly at the trawler which hit Magtran’s skipper on the left thigh.
Apart from that, a vessel owner also reported four of his workers comprising a skipper and three fishermen were missing from exactly the same waters on a single day.