LAHAD DATU: The government will go to great lengths to prevent intrusion by dangerous foreign elements into Sabah’s east coast.
Plantation, Industry and Commodities Deputy Minister Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur said the security emphasis placed on eastern Sabah since the Kampung Tanduo incursion four years ago shows that the government is concerned over the people's safety.
"The 2013 intrusion was indeed a sad event, but there's a silver lining behind the tragedy.
"The government established Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and placed security assets (in Sabah waters). We also have a sophisticated sea base – and all these are the result of the Tanduo intrusion.
"It brings benefit to continue protecting the people and (the country’s) sovereignty… So rest assured that the government will do whatever it takes to safeguard our safety," Datu Nasrun told villagers at the Negaraku: Komuniti 1Malaysia programme at Bandar Desa Kenca, Felda Sahabat, here.
Present were Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad; Information director-general Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman; and District officer cum Lahad Datu 1Malaysia Community Committee chairman Iman Ali.
Datu Nasrun, who is also Silam Member of Parliament, stressed that despite the intrusion, the district is now safe and the wellbeing of Felda Sahabat settlers will continue to improve.
"The Felda (area here) has an army base camp, and it is safe. I have visited some of the settlers and I am impressed with their achievement.
"It is also my hope that the people of Felda Sahabat will learn from the tragedy and continue to support initiatives implemented by the government for the benefit of all," he added.
During the Negaraku event, Nasrun handed over aid to 30 Tanjung Labian villagers, whose house were destroyed during the incursion.
In Feb 2013, Sulu gunmen encroached into isolated Kampung Tanduo, at Felda Sahabat, to stake claims over Sabah.
The event saw 10 security personnel killed, while over 70 Sulu gunmen were shot dead.
Following the tragedy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak launched Esscom to safeguard the sovereignty and security of the state.