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Tambisan shooting: Police to continue monitoring situation

7th December, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: In response to the latest kidnapping attempt at Tambisan waters, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said police will continue to monitor the situation while ensuring everything is under control.

“I’ve asked the Chief of Police to closely monitor the situation and ensure everything is under control,” said Shafie when pressed by reporters on the incident after launching the Local Sabah Products Sale and Exhibition, here yesterday.

The kidnapping attempt, believed to be carried out by suspected kidnap-for-ransom groups on Wednesday was foiled by Malaysian security forces who were patrolling the waters near Lahad Datu’s Tambisan area.

Meanwhile security chiefs noted the four suspects were believed to be armed and had boarded the tugboat prior to the shooting at Pegasus Reef near Pulau Tambisan before making their escape in a four-engine speedboat.

“We are still gathering more information on this case but so far nothing was taken from the tugboat and the victim managed to call for help after the suspects fled the boat,” said Sabah Police Commissioner, Datuk Omar Mammah.

Meanwhile, ESSCOM commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said investigations are underway to identify the group responsible in the incident, and reminded all vessel operators in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) to be vigilant and on high alert to update ESSCOM on their positions and activities.

He also said all vessels must keep their Automated Identification System (AIS) switched on, report their travel schedule and use their distress call in the event of any incidents.

“ESSCOM will not compromise on security and will take continuous efforts to monitor and tighten security in the area particularly in the hotspots,” he said, adding that the boat operators must also play their part.

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