Thursday, December 29, 2016

Not wise to chase kidnappers into Philippines, says retiring Sabah police chief

From The Star Online (Dec 29): Not wise to chase kidnappers into Philippines, says retiring Sabah police chief

Chasing Filipino cross border kidnappers into their island “dens” in southern Philippines will not be a “wise” move, retiring Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said.

He said that security agencies under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) were not familiar with the hideouts of the gunmen in their home ground and this could  risky for them.

“Our security agencies are not familiar with their hideouts. For us to enter their area is not really a wise move,” he told reporters after making a farewell visit to Labuan police headquarters on Wednesday.

He was commenting on the green light given by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for Malaysian security forces to carry out hot pursuit of kidnappers and Abu Sayyaf militants into southern Philippines.
Rashid said Malaysian security forces should step up intelligence-gathering efforts and work closely with their Philippines counterparts to combat cross border crimes.

We have a good working relationship with our Filipino counterparts,” he said, in stressing that exchange of information between the two country’s security agencies must be further enhanced to wipe out the kidnapping menace.

Rashid said that every effort was being taken to secure and defend the sovereignty of the country but in view of the long coastline, there was always a possibility for kidnappers or other criminals to slip in.

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