Esscom rubbishes actor's claims of attempted kidnap

Wan Faizal Ismayatim

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has rubbished a statement made by actor Hairul Azreen, who claimed that he was almost kidnapped by pirates while filming PASKAL movie at Semporna. Describing the claim as baseless, its commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali, said the actor and crew members were joined by the security forces known as Naval Special Warfare Forces (PASKAL) throughout the filming at an area referred to as the Tun Sharifah Roziah sea base. “I believe there was no such attempt to kidnap them. Such statement has attracted negative perception from the public on the level of security at Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone). “The actor’s statement is very confusing. Although it may be a promotion gimmick, do not use such statement for cheap publicity to attract people to watch the film, which is expected to be screened in September. “Thus far, there is no record of any attempted kidnapping throughout 2017 and 2018 (in the east coast of Sabah,” he said in a statement here, today. Hazani urged all quarters to be careful in making statements, especially when it involved issue of the nation security. “Legal action can be taken for making false statement and creating fear among the community with regards to security and public order, particularly in Esszone. “Therefore, I urge the actor to come forward and make a police report so that Esscom can take the necessary action,” he said. Hairul had claimed that he and another actor Ammar Alfian almost become target of sea bandits while filming the PASKAL movie at Semporna, in mid this year. During the incident, Hairul claimed only he and Amar were at the oil rig area after completing several scenes. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd