Sea curfew is still needed
We still need the imposition of curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
Silam Member of Parliament Mohammadin Ketapi said the curfew which ended at 6pm last Sunday (May 13) and now extended to May 27 is absolutely a logical move taken by Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.
He said the people of his constituencies comprising of Kunak, Tungku and Lahad Datu welcomed the curfew and again pledged full cooperation to Esszone authorities.
"The killing of four suspected kidnap for ransom group involved in a shootout with special team from the Sabah Security Command (Esscom) which occurred off Sahabat waters, 9.6 nautical miles from the Felda Sahabat 16 beach last May 8, was a clear indication of a real existing threat from the Abu Sayyaf militant group and those who conduct kidnapping for ransom from the southern Philippines attempting to intrude to carry out kidnapping and other cross-border crimes," Mohammadin said.
He said his people in the areas were advised to remain indoors or avoid going to sea from 6pm to 6am during the period for security reasons and avoid unnecessary problems.
The curfew covered the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.
Mohammadin said the extension of the curfew was designed by Esscom to ensure the waters would not be invaded by terrorists who could threaten the security of international researchers conducting research as well as tourists on resort islands.
According to Esszone, the curfew would also facilitate the enforcement and monitoring of boat movement, while the presence of security vessels would create a sense of security for chalet operators and fishermen around the area.
Those in charge in Esszone were authorised to issue permits to any eligible applicant for fishing activities, or to attend to urgent matters during the curfew. - Nikko Fabian