KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) will set up a committee to coordinate the operations of enforcement agencies in curbing cross border smuggling in the ESSZone.
Its public director Ruji Ubi said it was a new element following the restructuring of ESSCom which saw two components, the Security and Management component and Enforcement and Public Action component being introduced.
“We will peruse details and membership on the committee before implementing it,” he said at a media function organised by ESSCom on Friday night.
Also present were ESSCom commander SAC Abdul Manaf Othman, who is also ESSCom Air Component chief; Sabah Journalist Association president Francis Fahir; and ESSCom Strategic Communication chief Mohd Yusri Hashim.
Ruji said ESSCom was also taking a proactive and pragmatic approach to promote awareness in the public on the cruciality of staying united in defending the country’s sovereignty and security.
The ESSZone encompassing 1,733.7 kilometres, comprises 10 districts, namely Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau.
Meanwhile, Ruji said the strategic communication section had carried out eight ‘meet the people’ programmes in Semporna, Kunak, Tawau, Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Tongod in the last two weeks.
He said the federal government allocated RM16.8 million for three socio-economic and security programmes in the ESSZone.
“This included rebuilding of 33 houses that had either been razed to the ground or destroyed during the militant intrusion at Tanjung Labian in Lahad Datu last year, costing around RM2.3 million,” he said.
Ruji said 32 guard posts costing RM11 million had also been built, while an Information Fusion Centre was set up at a cost of RM3.5 million.
He expressed ESSCom’s appreciation to the media for their role in promoting the security agency and its functions to the public; ESSCom was set up on April 1 last year.