SEMPORNA: Operators of tourism centres in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) have been advised to be cautious and always be
ready to face cross-border criminal threats.
ESSCom commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said this was because the cross-border criminals, said to be responsible for the kidnapping cases in
ESSZone, were believed to be still active and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
“That is why I am asking resort operators, especially in Semporna, to always be cautious, to not employ foreigners who do not possess valid documents…we do not want these workers to become the henchmen for the criminals.
“The kidnapping case at the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan should be a lesson to us all. Although there has been no kidnapping case in waters off
Semporna, Kunak and Lahad Datu for a year we should not be complacent,” he added.
He said this in his speech when opening a special security meeting with resort operators here yesterday.
Also present were Semporna District Officer Dr Chaco Bullah, ESSCom deputy commander Datuk Md Rahim Mohamad and ESSCom director (Sea Component) First Admiral M. Karunanithi. – BERNAMA