Navy chief says Malacca Strait and Sabah, Sarawak waters under control

A Malaysian navy vessel patrols waters near Langkawi island, May 17, 2015. — Reuters pic
A Malaysian navy vessel patrols waters near Langkawi island, May 17, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — The waters off Sabah and Sarawak, and the Malacca Strait are safe for tourist visits or commercial activities, says Navy Chief Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.

He said members of the force assigned to look after the nation’s territorial waters were ready to ensure no foreign parties could penetrate the security control.

“In Sabah, resort operators are always in communication with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

“So far, resort operators have been able to convince tourists to continue visiting the area following tight surveillance by the resort management themselves,” he told Bernama here today.

He said for trade and fishing activities, fishermen were free to carry out their activities and adhere to the conditions set by ESSCom.

They needed to folllow the time schdule at sea to avoid any untoward incident, he added.

On Eastern Sabah, Ahmad Kamarulzaman said the areas should be given special attention from the aspect of security.

“I did not say there is zero-crime in Eastern Sabah, it’s true there are criminal activities... but preventive measures have been put in place,” he assured.

For the Melaka Strait, he said joint operations would be carried out by Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia to ensure security. — Bernama

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