Esszone Dusk-To-Dawn Curfew To Be Extended

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KOTA KINABALU: The dusk-to-dawn curfew in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) will be extended for two more weeks, starting from Tuesday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the curfew, that ends at 6pm on Monday, will be extended until Sept 27 in view of ongoing cross-border threats in Sabah’s east coast.

“The curfew has been extended to ensure that our waters are not invaded by terrorists, which can threaten the security of international researchers conducting research, as well as tourists on the resort islands,” said Comm Ramli in a statement on Monday.

He said that investigations showed that Abu Sayyaf militants and kidnap for ransom groups from the southern Philippines were still active and have not stopped trying to strike Sabah.

“The curfew is to also ensure the safety and well-being of Sabahans who go out to sea, and those living in the Esszone areas,” added Comm Ramli.

He said that those living within the affected areas are advised to remain indoors between 6pm and 6am.

The sea curfew involves the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

Apart from that, Ramli said the curfew allows for the enforcement and monitoring of the movement of boats, while the presence of security vessels creates a sense of security for chalet operators and fishermen around these areas. -THE STAR