Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 5:20:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 8:16:02 PM
Lahad Datu: Five new police stations to be established in critical areas.
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: Five police stations are to established in areas known to have large immigrant populations and the move comes as the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) takes shape.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pix) said the police stations would be set up at Tanjung Labian and at Felda Sahabat near the site of ongoing clashes between security forces and Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu.
He said a police station would also be set up at Pulau Bum Bum and Pulau Mabul in Semporna district where six police were killed in an ambush by Sulu terrorists on March 2.
In addition, a police station would also be set up at Pulau Gaya, just off the state capital in the west coast, Khalid said after a meeting of an ESSCOM workling group here yesterday..
He said the police had mapped out strategies to increase their presence along Sabah's east coast.
Khalid said they were targetting to get the five new police stations operational in just over two weeks with a target date of April 2. He added that mobile cabins would be used while the buildings were constructed.
Khalid said police were also looking at upgrading existing police stations as well.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had earlier announced the setting up of a Special Security Area from Kudat in Sabahs north to Tawau in the south to curb intrusions, especially from islands in the Southern Philippines.
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