Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Security situation in Sabah is under control: Army Chief General

By Arman Gunsika

KOTA KINABALU - Army Chief Gen. Dato' Seri Abdul Aziz bin Haji Zainal said the security level in Sabah is good with army outposts in strategic islands in the State to keep the peace.

He said this was also evident in the increasing number of tourist arrivals to the state.

The security situation in Sabah is under control and there is no threat of foreign intrusion.

Gen Dato' Seri Abdul Aziz who is on an official visit here said not only the people of Sabah feel the security and peace but also the tourists particularly the foreigners who feel very confident of the security here so that many are coming to visit the State.

On 'Ops Pasir', the General said it would continue the frequency of patrolling and would be intensified in possible porous areas that are often favoured by intruders and criminal elements.

He assured that the perceived threats by the Abu Sayyaf militant group would be overcome given the existing two-way communication and cooperation with the Philippine government.

To date, no arrest has been made of senior Abu Sayyaf leaders in Sabah, he said adding that the army would continue to be on alert of any possible entry of these militant leaders into the State.

On the issue of illegal immigrants entering the State, General Dato' Seri Abdul Aziz said the situation is also under control as there are army outposts at known exit and entry points.

So far, he said, there has been no influx of illegals that could pose a threat to security situation in Sabah.

The general was on a two-day working visit to Sabah to re-evaluate the security situation and effectiveness of army operations in the State.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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