|PASKAL, the elite Malaysian Navy Unit demonstrate their skill in rescuing hostages on Siamil Island.|
12th August, 2008
SEMPORNA: The government will implement a sophisticated radar system to enable the security forces in Sabah to act faster and more efficiently in cases of untoward incidents.
Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said nine radars will be installed starting with four in October and five by next year. One of the four will be placed in Tinagat, Tawau to protect the waters off Sabah from outside threats.
The system is part of a Government Integrated Radio Network that will be fully operational under the first phase in December 2008. Najib said the network will facilitate communications and sharing of voice and data information among seven identified security and enforcement agencies. However, he said the network will be continously enhanced by including more agencies as it progressed. The Defence Minister was speaking at a media conference on Danawan Island near here while on a two-day visit to the Frontal Operation Base of the Malaysian Armed Forces in Sabah.
He is joined by a group of some 40 journalists and senior editors to survey the Southern Sector Ops Pasir operations. Najib was pleased to note the high level of security in place on the east coast of Sabah since the kidnapping incidents on Sipadan Island and then Pandanan Island in 2000.
“The people can sleep well and tourists no longer have to fear for their safety while enjoying their holidays on the islands here,” he said.
Also in Najib’s entourage are Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Chief of Defence Forces General Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal, Army Chief General Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin, Navy Chief Admiral Dato’ Abd Aziz Jaafar, Air Force Chief General Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin, Joint Force Commander Lt General Dato Allatif Mohamed Noor and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director general Admiral Datuk Amdan Kurish.