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Malaysia to boost Sabah coastal security

The Malaysian government said it is taking concrete steps to boost security in the coastal waters off Sabah.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government said it is taking concrete steps to boost security in the coastal waters off Sabah.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the measures include converting abandoned oil platforms into forward operating bases, as well as updating surveillance radars.

This comes after a number of serious security breaches in the state, including the incursion of Lahad Datu by armed rebels last year and the kidnappings of at least two foreigners in recent months.

Mr Hishammuddin said he will be going to Sabah this weekend to set his plans in motion.

He said: "I think we've lost enough time when it comes to the east coast security but in that lost time we've discovered where our weaknesses are.

“The weaknesses are not just about asset deployment. It is also human factors, of corruption, of leakages in information, and the credibility of our forces that need to be re-looked at." 

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