Sabah Chief Minister stresses importance of security

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Security is a serious matter in Sabah and should not be taken lightly as security issues are a real threat not just for the people of Sabah but also for the country, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said yesterday.

He said security issues could hamper economic development and investment, especially in the east coast of Sabah.

The state government is keen to ensure a higher level of preparedness of the security forces in safeguarding the state’s waters against intrusion and other threats, he said in a keynote address at the Seminar on Regional and Local Security Issues in Sabah. His keynote address was delivered by Sabah State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan.

“These measures are important to ensure public safety and for the state to be free of any threats such as cross-border crime, particularly kidnapping. It is important to raise our capability to tackle the trans-border crime problem in the future.

“We should also look at the many options that are available in this digital technology era, such as in surveillance technology, to replace or upgrade our current outdated weapons and strategic assets,” Mohd Shafie said.