Musa calls for Esscom to stay vigilant, tighten border security

OLIVIA MIWIL


KOTA KINABALU: Security forces should remain vigilant to ensure the safety of Malaysian citizens at all times said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Following the rescue of five Malaysian hostages, Musa said the relevant agencies under Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) must ensure the borders were secure from any intrusion.

Musa, in a statement, also welcomed the news that all five Malaysians kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf militant group last year are safe and sound.

“We are relieved that they have been rescued. This has been a difficult time and I’m glad to see that the two rescued victims have been reunited with their families,” he said.

Tayudin Anjut, 45, and Abdul Rahim Summas, 62 were saved by Philippines authorities last Thursday and had met their relatives in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Musa continued stating that the relevant authorities were working closely with their Philippines counterparts in securing a safe passage home for Jumadil Rahim, 24, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 33, and Fandy Bakran, 27, who were rescued on Sunday.

Musa also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Malaysian security forces and the Philippines military for coordinating the rescue mission.