IGP: Forward operating bases will boost Sabah security

khalid-esscomKUALA LUMPUR: The two forward operating bases (FOB) can further enhance security in Sabah waters, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

The two FOB, costing RM50 million, are an initiative by the Eastern Sabah Security Command and the marine police in Pulau Mabul, Semporna and Kampung Kerakit, Pulau Banggi in Kudat.

The Pulau Mabul FOB has been operating since last Monday while the Pulau Banggi FOB will operate soon.

“With these bases, the level of security in the area will be strengthened, be it at sea, air or land to ensure terrorists don’t enter our waters,” Khalid said.

“Apart from that, we will also increase surveillance.

“Police welcome multilateral cooperation from neighbouring countries to join us in protecting our waters,” he told a press conference after attending a monthly gathering involving various departments at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here today.

Khalid said he was confident certain parties would find it difficult to encroach into Malaysia’s territorial waters, should Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei join hands to ensure the safety of the area.

“In this case, I believe it is high time for these neighbouring countries to work together because at the moment, it is only Malaysia which works hard in tackling this issue.”

The operations for both bases are handled by the Marine Police and buttressed by the General Operations Force, Special Action Unit and Very Able Troopers-69 of VAT 69 commandos.

In another development, Khalid said investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case were on-going and he could not reveal its details.

Last Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee tabled a 106-page Governance Management Control Report on 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat.

The committee, comprising government and Opposition members, had recommended the authorities conduct an investigation on 1MDB former chief executive officer Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi and those related with the management of the government-owned strategic investment company.