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IGP: Abu Sayyaf still poses a threat, Esscom will be restructured – Nation



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KUALA LUMPUR (Bern): The threat of the Abu Sayyaf group, believed to be based in Jolo, Sulu, on the eastern islands of Sabah, is still high despite the establishment of the East Security Command (Esscom), says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The police inspector general said the group's attacks can happen anytime and at any time.

"As such, Esscom will be restructured in the deployment of security forces involving the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), police and the Malaysian Maritime Surveillance Agency (MMEA).

"Among others, the restructuring will involve the security structure in the areas and the change of security posts that were taken over by the police and the MAF will be updated," he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama at Bukit Aman headquarters.

Abdul Hamid said that the restructuring process is being carried out through the National Security Council (NSC) to further strengthen Esscom.

He said that threats to the islands of Sabah were there every day.

"This is because Sabah is very close to the Philippines, it takes only 15 minutes by speedboat to reach Philippine waters," he said.

Abdul Hamid said that it is easy for the Abu Sayyaf group to invade the waters of Malaysia.

"However, the Philippine government had previously created a general security control on the Jolo islands near Kunak as well as Lahad Datu, Sabah, and the new measure has lowered our concerns," he said.

However, he said that Esscom needed to be alert about any threats during the operation.

On May 6, Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu announced that Esscom would be restructured to improve security on the east coast of the state.

According to him, the National Security Council is discussing the decision, including efforts to acquire additional equipment to bolster Esscom's security teams. – Bernama

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