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Kesban can strengthen ESSZone security

9:26pm 18/11/2015 Ann Vivien 30 views Current Issue,Local
Sabah National Security Council (NSC) secretary Rodzi Md Saad- Photo by Alex Mairin/Sayangsabah

Sabah National Security Council (NSC) secretary Rodzi Md Saad- Photo by Alex Mairin/Sayangsabah

KOTA KINABALU: The concept of Security and Development Programme (Kesban), set up by the government to tackle the threat posed by the spread of Communist Ideology, should be explored to strengthen comprehensive security, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

Sabah National Security Council (NSC) secretary Rodzi Md Saad said in this regard, the Sulu Sulawesi Sea (SSS) Conference 2015, a platform for discussion among local experts in the economic, socio-political and defence and security fields would explore the potential of the concept.

“The two-day conference that started today would be the best platform to gather views of academicians and experts from the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), NSC and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to find solutions to improve or strengthen the safety level in the ESSZone.

“We will look at the probability of how this concept, which focuses on land, can be applied in sea areas of Sabah,” he told reporters at a press conference in conjunction with the SSS conference at the YTL UMS auditorium, here today.

Present were MIMA admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Ramli Mohd Nor and UMS deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin who  represented his vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah.

The inaugural conference was organised by MIMA in collaboration with UMS and supported by the Sabah NSC.

In the meantime, Rodzi said if exploring opportunities and solutions were reached at the conference, it would be brought to the state security committee for discussion.

Earlier, Ahmad Ramli in his speech at the conference said MIMA had always strived to provide the right action policies for the benefit of the country.

He said the conference, which was being held under the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative, proved that the distance was not an obstacle for all Malaysians to come together and share the same goal to strengthen national
security. -BERNAMA

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