KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been urged to take a more proactive action to prevent cross-border crimes in Sabah.
Tawau UMNO chief Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan who is also Sabah Youth and Sports Minister suggested door-to-door integrated operations in high risk areas as one of the steps.
He said this while debating the president’s policy speech on the second day of the UMNO General Assembly 2015 here today.
According to him, the east coast of Sabah is still vulnerable to cross-border crimes including kidnappings despite the establishment of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) in the area.
“In fact, I have been made to understand that residents in Kampung Tanduo and the vicinity remained traumatised (by the militant intrusion in 2013) and are fearful when they see men in army fatigues or hear boats arriving during the night,” he said.
Since last year, there had been a series of kidnappings in Sabah with the latest involving an electrical engineer, Bernard Then Ted Fen from Sarawak, who was eventually beheaded after being kept hostage by four armed men in Sandakan in May.- BERNAMA