Govt capable of handling security threat in Sabah, say veterans

TAWAU: The Veterans Association of Malaysian Armed Forces (PVATM) believes the government is capable of dealing with the security threat in Sabah, says its president Datuk Sharuddin Omar.

He said as military veterans who still hold the responsibility of defending the country, the association’s members are ready to support whatever the government decides to do to deal with the threat.

“So we as veterans expect the government to find the best solution. I was trained to defend the country and we are ready to face any eventuality,” he said to reporters after officiating the 100-year Malaysian Armed Forces veterans’ carnival, organised by the Tawau PVATM here on Saturday (July 30).

Military veteran Jumadil Abdu Rahman, 71, said the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) had succeeded in strengthening security in Sabah, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

He said the Esscom, assisted by the Royal Malaysia Police, Armed Forces and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency had been successful in thwarting the threat of cross-border crime.

He added that the government also needs to intensify security control in Sabah, especially in the ESSZone waters, by increasing the strength of the security forces on duty and providing the latest security assets. – Bernama