Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Heightened security on islands off Sabah gives assurance to tourists

By Arman Gunsika

KOTA KINABALU - Heightened security on islands off Sabah has had a calming effect on holiday-makers, particularly foreigners, many of them from countries which were warned against making such trips.

Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said he had seen for himself that foreign visitors had no worries about holidaying on the islands.

Almost eight years since the infamous Abu Sayyaf siege on Sipadan Island - a kidnapping nightmare still etched in the minds of the world and locals alike - he is convinced that people have been able to put the episodes behind them especially after seeing the levels of security there.

He said that many tourists he had met indicated their intention to come back to visit Sabah. Some of them have been here seven or eight times.

"With the beautiful islands in Sabah, tourists will keep coming and I was made to understand many had to book in advance, some between six months and a year ahead," he said.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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