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More Funds To Beef Up Sabah’s East Coast

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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian security forces watching Sabah’s east coast will be better equipped soon. The Government is providing an additional RM23mil for the acquisition of urgently needed equipment such as boats.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said the funds were in addition to the RM660 allocation given to the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) under the 2015 budget.

“The Government has agreed to speed up the purchase and delivery of security assets to the Eastern Sabah Security Zone to strengthen the efforts of our security forces there,” he said after meeting senior Esscom officials here on Thursday.

Among those present at the meeting were Esscom chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun and chief executive Ruji Ubi.

Earlier, Ali visited affordable housing projects at Kinarut, some 20km from the city.

The move to provide the additional assets comes a month after two Malaysians – restaurant owner Thien Nyuk Fun, 50 and electrical engineer Bernard Then Ted Fen, 39, were abducted from a Sandakan seaside restaurant on May 4.

Both have since been taken to the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Jolo island in southern Philippines.

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