KOTA KINABALU: Police will continue to crackdown on the ‘enemies within’ who are likely to be in cahoots with cross-border criminals to commit crimes in Sabah including kidnapping, said Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Khalid said, all members of society, especially in the east coast should provide full cooperation to the security forces in the area by providing information about suspicious activities to ensure prompt action can be taken.
He added a warning that members of the local communities (enemies within) who were identified as being complicit in the crimes by helping these militants would face serious action.
“As long as there are ‘enemies within’, the east coast of Sabah will never be safe. Our responsibility is to identify them, and take firm action against them. We will not let them live among us as a thorn in the flesh.
“If they want to live in Sabah and live in peace and harmony, they have to be loyal to the country. They have to cooperate with the authorities to ensure our country is peaceful and everyone can live in prosperity,” said Khalid.
Khalid was speaking to reporters after presenting medals of honour to 155 policemen who served during the intrusion in Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in Sabah.
He said terrorist groups will continue to look for opportunities to carry out their criminal activities and the southern Philippine groups will continue to target Sabah for their cross border kidnappings, as it was their main source of income.
“So I call on the people of Sabah to always cooperate with the police and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) to provide information and take responsibility together by being vigilant and alert to make the region safe and prosperous.
“As we all know, if the region is not safe and is always volatile, people’s daily work will be affected, including businesses, the tourism sector and everything else,” he said.
He said so far the authorities had foiled at least eight attempts by these groups to infiltrate Sabah for their criminal activities and to take more hostages. – BERNAMA