TAWAU: A large-scale integrated operation launched to hunt illegal immigrants in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) is proof of the government’s determination to maintain the safety and wellbeing of the people, especially in the east coast of Sabah.
Sabah Suluk Solidarity Council (MPSS) secretary, Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto, said the operation was timely and the ‘show of force’ will ensure security threat ‘from within the country’ can be eliminated as well as warn irresponsible parties not to challenge the integrity of the country’s security forces.
He said the operation led by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) was able to reinstate the trust and confidence of the people in the security and safety measures taken, especially in the ESSZone.
“The ESSZone community including the Suluks support this integrated operation and now when we go to the big market we no longer feel afraid … we hope that this operation can be carried out continuously in all the ESSZone regions,” he said in a statement here today.
Mohd Zaki was speaking in support of the massive operation to hunt illegal immigrants, which is now being actively pursued in the ESSZone, especially in Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.
He stressed that action and the drastic approach involved was not to oppress anyone, but for the sake of the overall security of the people of Sabah.
“In this case, the ESSCom should be applauded for effective action being carried out on an ongoing basis. The approach taken is apparently able to
prevent a recurrence of the kidnapping incidents as well as cross-border crimes for a long time now,” he said.
However, Mohd Zaki hoped the relevant parties would extend the the curfew to the waters of Kalabakan (Tawau) instead of just Tawau Port jetty.
Previously, the curfew was declared in six regions in the ESSZone, including Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau.