ALOR SETAR: The Defence Ministry (Mindef) will consider adding more sea basings in the East Coast of Sabah to tighten control in the waters there following the killing of a Malaysian kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said at the moment there are two sea basings operating in Sabah and the ministry will increase the number of basings after suitable locations have been identified.
The concept of sea basing, he said in the waters off east Sabah is the first of its kind in the world to combat cross-border crimes.
The new initiative uses an old oil rig as forward base to strengthen the security in the east coast of Sabah.
Two sea basings in operation since May are the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Base in the waters of Semporna which is a static platform on a used oil rig while the Tun Azizan sea basing deploys a used cargo ship.-BERNAMA