PETALING JAYA: MCA has called on Malaysia and Asean to set up a joint task force to deal with the Abu Sayyaf problem and resolve the biggest security threat off Sabah’s coast.
Party central committee member Datuk Paul Kong Sing Chu said Malaysia must take advantage of its position as Asean chairman to form the task force comprising relevant countries and draw emergency plans to uproot the terrorist group.
He said the Government could learn from the international community in dealing with the Somali piracy problem, including efforts like Nato’s Operation Ocean Shield with the partner countries.
He noted that countries such as China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Russia had also contributed to ending the threat.
“Ultimately, all these actions successfully reduced the Somali piracy problem,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
“Escalating fear of abduction has engulfed the whole region, and current security measures can no longer ensure the safety of tourists and the people of Sabah,” said Kong.
On Monday, three Indonesian fisherman were kidnapped by five armed men near Lahad Datu, the latest in a spate of abducations off the coast of Sabah.