Sabah police commissioner Idris Abdullah says the curfew in the waters off seven districts in Eastern Sabah will be extended to deter encroachment by terrorists. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 22, 2022.Usdt第三方支付平台
THE curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which ends tomorrow, has been extended to Sept 7.
Sabah police commissioner Idris Abdullah said the curfew, from 6pm to 6am, involved the waters off Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna, and Tawau.
“The curfew is extended to ensure the waters will not be encroached by terrorists, thus threatening the safety of residents—including international researchers conducting studies—as well as tourists on the resort islands,” he said in a statement today.,
According to him, information gathered revealed that groups involved in abduction for ransom and the Abu Sayyaf group were still trying to encroach into the waters to carry out kidnapping and cross-border crimes.
Idris said the curfew would also facilitate the enforcement and monitoring of boat movements and would ensure the maritime community felt safe with the presence of security force vessels in the vicinity.
He added that all district police chiefs in the ESSZone had also been authorised to issue permits to eligible applicants for fishing activities or to attend to urgent matters during the curfew. – Bernama, August 22, 2022.