LAHAD DATU – The government plans to expand the cooperation between agencies in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to various agencies in the Philippines and Indonesia in order to strengthen security in the waters of Sulu Sea.
Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, there is no reason why the cooperation networks cannot be expanded to other agencies like what the Ministry has done in the trilateral relationship with the Philippines and Indonesia.
“We have to collaborate to ensure there is no wastage of assets, quicker response time and sharing of intelligence,” he said in a press conference after attending Esscom briefing here today in his first visit as Minister with Special Functions.
In view of Esscom strong foundation, Hishammuddin added, the three nations are required to move in the same direction as the threats they are facing are similar.
The three countries should work closely to defend and protect the vast areas in the eastern Sabah, the Sulu and Celebes Seas, he insisted.
Hishammuddin also warned that cross-border crimes such as human trafficking and smuggling have become a global phenomenon.
“It is critical for our agencies to work closely at the national level as the threats faced by the three nations are similar, “he said.
In another development, Hishammuddin vowed the government is vigilant on any possibility that Islamic State (IS) militants having an interest in the Sulu Sea as their new base if the war in Syria and Iraq ended. However, there is no concrete information about the establishment of the base has been received yet.
-Malaysia World News