KUALA LUMPUR – The situation in Sabah, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) is much safer now compared to last year, according to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said this was because the Home Ministry, with the cooperation from the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) authority and the Sabah government, had taken various moves to increase the security level in the area.
“I agree with Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, (that it wasn’t safe) six months or a year ago.
“The situation is different now because ESSCom is led by a senior police officer and I, as the minister, has also gazetted curfew at certain time for the area,” he told a press conference after opening the Corporate Exhibition held in conjunction with the Umno General Assembly 2014 at the Putra World Trade Centre here.
Ahmad Zahid said the number of foreign tourists in Sabah, especially from China, was also on the rise as their confidence had been restored by ESSCom administration.
The minister said this in response to Mohamed Nazri’s recent statement in the Dewan Rakyat that the Tourism and Culture Ministry would not take the risk to promote Sabah as long as the kidnapping cases involving foreign tourists in the Land Below The Wind were not solved. – BERNAMA