Malaysia tightens security on sea borders


MANILA, Philippines—Malaysia placed its sea borders under security alert on Monday after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members attacked Zamboanga City—only 460 kilometers away from Sabah.

In a report by The Star Online, Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) director general Datuk Mohammad said that the military has been put on high alert and ordered to boost security measures to strengthen Malaysia’s sea borders as they monitor the developments of the Zamboanga standoff.

“We have informed our security and defense to be on the alert and Esscom is also coordinating with security forces following the incident,” he said.

The security alarm was for fear that Muslim rebels led by MNLF founder Nur Misuari might flee to Sabah in case they are pursued by government troops.

In February, clashes erupted  in Sabah following the landing of over 200 armed followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the Sultanate of Sulu, who has been claiming ownership of Sabah. The clashes left 68 Filipinos and 10 Malaysian security personnel dead.

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  • zdrx

    HA HA HA. traumatized by the sabah incident last march….peaceful malaysians shuts their doors in fear. how can you not love this people? LOL

    • Bos Duit

      I think malaysian gov should closed the border just like what the israel doing to palestine. Stop any trade, stop taking filipino workers and they should just shoot down any unidentified personel that trying to enter sabah, no question ask……. but instead they are negotiating ferry connection between palawan and sabah, trade is still ongoing and filipino can still come and go to sabah …..just what benefit malaysia can get from this ? another intrusion perhap ?

  • kilabot

    malaysia thinking of coming to the aid
    of noykapon govt.
    to reciprocate the latter’s support for malaysia
    in the sulu sultanate’s claim of sabah;
    that would be the unraveling.

  • Alex Alvarez

    They are laughing out loud now……………..

  • opinyonlangpo

    The Malaysians are very well aware of the weakness of the Philippine military and the capability of Nur Misuari. There is a big chance that the rebels will be able to escape, as usual. The area must be surrounded and finish the rebels once and for all. The government should not show weakness in dealing with this.

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