KOTA KINABALU - The Sabah government has suspended all barter trading activities in all ports throughout the state with immediate effect.
The new security measures were announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman after chairing the state cabinet meeting this afternoon.
The measures came about following the abduction of four Malaysian sailors by armed men in Ligitan waters last week.
Among the measures discussed and agreed upon by the cabinet today include stopping and suspending all trading in transshipment activities including petroleum and gas in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) as well as putting the implementation of the proposed Kudat-Palawan ferry service on hold.
"We have discussed these new security measures, which were proposed during the recent Sabah Security Committee (JKKN) meeting.
"JKKN is also reviewing security threats with regards to the use of pump boats in Sabah.
"All pump boat usage will be inspected by the enforcement authority. Boats used by non-Malaysian individuals or groups will be seized."
Musa also said the 7pm-5am sea curfew enforced in Esszone would be reviewed, adding that the government will look into other effective new measures to tighten maritime security.