Monday, April 8, 2013

Bernama: Malaysia ready for so-called Kiram reinforcements

From GMA News (Apr 9): Bernama: Malaysia ready for so-called Kiram reinforcements

Malaysiais ready to deal with so-called reinforcements for followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, its defense minister reiterated on Monday.

Defense minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed Malaysia's police and military are not to be fooled around with.

"Although Kiram's family in Manila ... is making (a) fuss about sending more people to intrude Sabah, the Malaysian government and people are confident with our (military and police forces) ability," he said in a report by Malaysia's Bernama news agency.

On Monday, Malaysian forces intercepted at least 32 armed men suspected to be Kiram followers off the waters of Sabah.

Kiram's followers had engaged Malaysian forces in a three-week standoff that ended with deadly clashes March 1 and 2.

The deadly clashes triggered Malaysian offensives against Kiram followers starting March 5.

Meanwhile, Zahid said a territorial army that includes the people of Sabah will be set up to join the security forces in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE) soon.

He said interviews will be held to find suitable candidates. Those selected will receive monthly remuneration as normal soldiers.

Zahid also said the Eastern Sabah Safety Command (ESSCOM) center will be beefed up in terms of resources and manpower.

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