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Pulau Banggi Residents Told To Be Wary Of ESSCom Cross-Border Criminal Activities

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KUDAT – Residents of Pulau Banggi in the northern part of Kudat are told to be wary in facing the possibility of cross-border crime occurring on the island.

Deputy director of intelligence of Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) ACP Hashim Justin said although the island was located far away from the eastern coastal area which was frequently exposed to cross-border criminal activities, criminals were always looking for opportunities such as the kidnapping at the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan which was believed to have been masterminded by illegal immigrants or someone who had been staying for a long time in Sabah.

“We should not be lulled by the calm and peaceful situation enjoyed by the people currently. Immediately lodge a report on the presence of illegal immigrants or any suspicious character so that appropriate action could be taken for the good of everyone,” he said when giving a security briefing in conjunction with the Awareness Program on Birth Registration For Community Heads in Karakit, Pulau Banggi, Friday night.

He said that before the kidnapping incident in Sandakan, such cases were concentrated in the waters of Semporna, Kunak and Lahad Datu.

Meanwhile, Hashim reminded the community leaders in the East Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) to be sincere in confirming the identity of applicants of identity cards or MyKad in the country.

He said this was important because there were complaints received previously linking community leaders, particularly village heads or chairmen of the Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) with abuses concerning confirmation of support documents to obtain the MyKad. – BERNAMA

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