Friday, 12 February 2016

Hisham: Sabah security sufficient to thwart IS threat

Sabah. Source: Internet

KUCHING: Sufficient measures have been taken to beef up security in Sabah to face the Islamic State (IS) threat, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said.

The Defence Minister, who is in Sarawak on a three-day working visit, said the best efforts had been put in to implement the measures in Sabah.

They include refurbishing two offshore oil platforms as offshore bases, upgrading the Hawk aircraft stationed in Sabah and equipping Blackhawk and Nuri helicopters with weapons.

“Lahad Datu will be turned into a helicopter base and Labuan airport will be upgraded. We have a new battalion in Sabah so that our assets are sufficiently deployed there.

“I believe what we have done is sufficient to face security threats,” he said after meeting Armed Forces personnel at Kem Penrissen here yesterday.

Hishammuddin was commenting on reports that Philippine militant groups like Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had pledged allegiance to IS.

He added that the measures put in place in Sabah would also include looking after Sarawak’s security.

Earlier in his speech, Hishammuddin said RM1.2bil had been allocated under the 11th Malaysia Plan to build 4,000 houses for Armed Forces personnel in 11 locations nationwide.

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