KUALA LUMPUR – The curfew in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) will be extended into its 70th phase for two more weeks beginning today until 10 August 2017.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said, the curfew period will be enforced from 6.00 p.m. until 6.00 a.m. and involves the waters of three nautical miles from the shore in seven districts.
The seven districts are namely Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.
According to him, the curfew is extended to ensure the area is not breached by terrorists, which can threaten the security of international researchers and tourists in the islands from becoming victims of abduction by the terrorists from Southern Philippines.
Intelligence exposed that the Southern Philippines terrorist, Abu Sayyaf militants are still trying to conduct cross border crimes especially kidnap for ransoms (KFR) activities.
Therefore, the people in the district are advised not to be in the areas declared for curfew to ensure the safety of the people in Sabah who are in the ESSZone area.
Ramli added, the curfew also eases the enforcers in monitoring and identifying boat movements. The presence of security forces also gives confidence to the chalet operators and fishermen.
Nevertheless, the police chiefs can issue special permits for fishing in the curfew areas in cases of emergency. – MalaysiaGazette