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ESSZone Curfew Extended Till Sept 22

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KOTA KINABALU – Phase 26 of the curfew in the waters off the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) which expires tomorrow has been extended to Sept 7 till Sept 22, between 7 pm and 5 am.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said under the 27th phase of the curfew, no one would be allowed to enter within three nautical miles off the coast of the six districts in ESSZone.

“Our information revealed potential threats from ‘kidnapping for ransom’ and Abu Sayyaf groups,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the curfew was for the safety of those using the water routes including tourists and mainland residents in ESSZone.

“It is also to facilitate enforcement and monitoring of boat movements to intercept human, drugs and firearms smuggling and other cross-border crimes,” he said.

Jalaluddin said chalet operators and the local fishing community were supportive of the curfew which would ensure security of the waters including border islands.

He said district police chiefs in ESSZone were empowered to issue permits allowing route access to those involved in fishery activities and during an emergency. – BERNAMA

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