Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah (right) said the meeting with security agencies today showed they were able to handle threats from outside including from extremists who attempt to cross into the state’s waters. (pix by AINUL DURMAHYANTY DURMING)

LAHAD DATU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has seized RM17 million worth of smuggled goods, including drugs and other illegal items, in 1,648 operations across Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) last year.

Bukit Aman's Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said the meeting with security agencies today showed they were able to handle threats from outside including from extremists who attempt to cross into the state’s waters.

“It is important for the public to continue to remember the Tanduo intrusion so we can give attention to prevent this kind of threats from recurring.

“Now with our country facing the 14th General Election (GE), I have also discussed on ways to ensure that everything will go smoothly.

“We will ensure that no outside elements will take advantage while we are busy with the election preparations,” he said at the district marine police base here.

He said among the security improvements being made included the Road Check Point (RCP) at Tawau and Beluran.

“RCP was suggested as one of the ways to curb smuggling,

“We have discussed with the army and hoped they will cooperate with Esscom and other security agencies to form these two proposed inspection centres,” he said, adding that he is confident the army will respond to the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

Apart from land, he said there was also a proposal to have three Sea Check Point (SCP) in Sandakan, Pulau Siamil and Karakil in Kudat to curb smuggling and other crossborder crimes at sea.

“With RCP and SCP, it would strengthen security in this state, and hopefully the people would be more confident in our security teams.” he added.

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