Friday March 8, 2013
Police beefing up security,intelligence gathering in northern region
By PHILIP HII
SIBU: State police commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani has advised people, especially those living near the border with Sabah, to be extra cautious.
“We are also beefing up security and intelligence gathering in Lawas, Limbang and Miri in view of the current situation in Sabah and the claims by the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu that Sarawak also be-longs to them,” he said yesterday.
Acryl described the situation in Sabah as “very serious” and that the country had not experienced such a threat for more than 30 years.
He urged the people to inform the police immediately if they come across people behaving suspiciously or unfamiliar people.
“Now is the time that people can effectively act as the eyes and ears of the authorities,” Acryl stressed, adding that people could not afford to be disunited when defending the country.
He also said different police units were also in the midst of assessing all the information they had received from various sources and would pass them to the proper channels after analysing them.
“We need to verify the information,” he said, but declined to specify what they were and where they came from.
He said people in the state should not panic and that the police would not take things lightly.
He added that there were sufficient police personnel to safeguard the state.
Acryl said 500 regular policemen and General Operations Force personnel from the state had been deployed to Sabah; 30 from the CID and 40 from the Marine.
“We have also sent 20 vehicles for logistics support; one helicopter and one fixed wing aircraft.”