Here's the timeline for March 7, as our security forces step up operations in Lahad Datu to deal with Filipino intruders.

9.05pm:   Ops Tayang which started at 2.30pm and ended at 4pm had concentrated on main areas such as Kampung Simunul, Kampung Bubul Lama, Kampung Bugaya and Semporna town.

8.41pm:  Kuala Lumpur City Hall  will give priority to ex-servicemen and ex-policemen to own the People's Housing Project (PPR) units as a mark of appreciation of their role and contribution to the country

8.29PMSultan Ibrahim of Johor today ordered Johor Islamic Religious Department to hold hajat prayer in all mosques in the state for the safety of national security forces personnel in Sabah.

7.33pm: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today Sabah would continue to be maintained as a state within Malaysia and no one should dispute that absolute status. 

7.25pm: Over 100 people representing the Suluk community in Sandakan, Sarawak, staged a peaceful demonstration to condemn the intrusion by an armed group from the southern Philippines. 
7.18pm: The Suluk ethnic community in Sabah has expressed their delight over Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's assurance that the government does not doubt their loyalty to the federal government following the intrusion of Filipino gunmen in Lahad Datu on Feb 12. 
7.14pm:  Peace-loving Suluk group and social media users to gather at the Philippines Embassy tomorrow to stage a peaceful protest against the terrorist attacks in Lahad Datu and Semporna.

6.26pm: Universiti Sains Malaysia will launch a donation drive tonight to help the families of the fallen policemen in Lahad Datu.

6.15pm Two of the commando injured in Lahad Datu have returned  to receive further treatment.

6.14pm: Some political analysts regarded the Lahad Datu intrusion by an armed group from the southern Philippines as an attempt to create instability in Malaysia in the face of the impending general election.    

5.46pm:  The upcoming 13th general election can be postponed in areas in Sabah affected by the intrusion of terrorists from Sulu, should an emergency be declared in the said areas - EC
5.27pm:  31 terrorists shot and believed dead at Felda Sahabat in today's clashes.

4.54pm:   A special security area covering land and sea in the east coast of Sabah will be established to boost the state's security.   The area will cover from Kudat to Tawau and would be set up in Lahad Datu.

4.34pmUmno, Pas, PKR and Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) in Sungai Petani, Kedah, lodged separate police reports against PKR vice-president Tian Chua for his derogatory remarks on the Lahad Datu stand-off.

4.30pm: Dr M said Malaysia and the Sulu sultanate should agree to put an end to the violence in Sabah.

4.09pm: Ceasefire only when terrorists lay down arms and surrender unconditionally: PM

4.03 pm:  5 battalions will be stationed at newly established special security area to safeguard Sabah: PM

1.41pm: PM arrives at Felda Sahabat.

11.10am: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at Tawau airport. to see for himself the running of the "Ops Daulat" operation against armed intruders in the east coast of Sabah.

10.34am: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be visiting Felda Sahabat, today. It is not confirmed whether Najib will be going to ground zero at Kampung Tanduo. The media were told that the purpose of the visit is to look into the logistic, facilities and the welfare of Malaysian security forces.

8.00am: While the grounds of Felda Sahabat appears quiet this morning, its airspace and the waters facing the coastal villages are abuzz with activities. As the ground security forces continue their operations in areas marked as red zones, jet fighters can be heard now flying across this area at 3 minute-intervals. Navy patrols are also tightly screening the waters.






PM arrives at Felda Sahabat.

Police personnel arrest a suspect at Kampung Airport Semporna. NSTP/Mohd Radzi Bujang.

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