Thursday, June 30, 2005

Talk of terrorist plots by embassies baseless: CID boss

Kota Kinabalu: Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director, Datuk Mohd Fauzi Shaari. said claims about terrorists plotting to kidnap foreigners in Sabah have been found to be baseless.

Giving the assurance that Sabah is safe, he said visitors should come here to see the actual situation first hand for themselves.

"Don't listen to talk by outsiders. We are always monitoring the situation," he said referring to the various travel advisories issued by several countries cautioning their citizens against visiting the country for fear of potential kidnappings by terrorists, especially in Sabah.

Speaking after opening the CID legal and prosecuting officers (D5) two-day meeting at the Pacific Sutera Harbour, Wednesday, he also called on Sabah police to maintain the present declining trend of crime in the State.

"So far, we are quite satisfied with the performance of the Sabah police and we hope they keep it up," he said.

Fauzi made the comments based on the briefing given to him by the Commissioner of Police, Datuk Mangsor Ismail and other senior police officers.

Keeping criminals at bay would have a positive impact on the State's economy, as more investment would come and the tourism industry can flourish, he said.

Fauzi described his visit to Sabah, the first after taking over as Bukit Aman CID chief five months ago, as "hands on" to see the situation at the various state police contingents in the country.

Courtesy of: Daily Express

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