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
"Although Kiram's family in
On Monday, Malaysian forces intercepted at least 32 armed men suspected to be Kiram followers off the waters of
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
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.