Friday, October 23

Curfew in ESSZone extended until Nov 11


Omar Mammah

KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which ends tomorrow, has been extended to Nov 7, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

The curfew from 6 pm to 6 am covers the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran, he said in a statement today.

“Those living in the affected areas should remain indoors, while outsiders would not be allowed to enter the waters there between 6 pm and 6 am during this period.

“The curfew order is to ensure that the area is not invaded by terrorists who could threaten the safety and security of researchers conducting their studies, as well as tourists, at the resort islands.

“This curfew also ensures the safety and well-being of Sabahans in the ESSZone,” he added.

Omar said the curfew would also facilitate enforcement and monitoring of boat movements, while the presence of security forces would provide a sense of security for chalet operators and fishermen in the area.

He said based on information, Abu Sayyaf militants and those carrying out kidnapping for ransom in the southern Philippines were still trying to intrude to commit abductions and cross-border crimes.

“I have also authorised all district police chiefs in the ESSZone to issue permits to eligible applicants for fishing activities or to attend to urgent matters during the curfew,” he added. – Bernama