LAST_UPDATESun, 18 Mar 2018 9pm

Curfew In ESSZone Waters Extended To March 22

KOTA KINABALU -- The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), scheduled to end at 6pm today, has been extended to March 22, according to Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.  

He said the curfew was enforced in the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad  Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

With the extension, those living in the affected areas had been told to remain indoors while outsiders would not be allowed to enter the waters between 6pm and 6am during the period, he said in a statement here today.

Ramli added the curfew had been extended to ensure the waters would not be invaded by terrorists, which could threaten the security of international researchers conducting research, as well as tourists on the resort islands.

The curfew was also continued to ensure the safety and well-being of Sabahans who were the main users of the waters in ESSZone, he said.

Based on information, he said the Abu Sayyaf militant group and those who conducted kidnapping for ransom from the southern Philippines were still attempting to intrude to carry out kidnapping and other cross-border crimes.

“The curfew will also facilitate the enforcement and monitoring of boat movements, while the presence of security vessels will create a sense of security for chalet operators and fishermen around the area.

“I have also authorised all district police chiefs in ESSZone to issue permits to any eligible applicant for fishing activities, or to attend to urgent matters during curfew,” added Ramli.