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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sea curfew to continue until Dec 29

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah’s dusk-to-dawn sea curfew will continue until Dec 29, and it covers waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the districts involved are Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

“With the enforcement of the curfew order, residents in these areas are required to stay indoors between 6pm and 6am," he said in a statement.

He added that district police chiefs in the curfew areas have been given the power to issue permits for carrying out fishing activities and for emergency situations.

This extension is a continuation of the current two-week curfew period which will end at 6pm this Tuesday.

The curfew orders are re-extended when it expires after two weeks and the cycle is expected to continue for as long as it is needed.

Abdul Rashid said the curfew was to safeguard the safety of people in the affected areas and to prevent intrusion from cross border criminals including kidnappers or illegal immigrants.

He added that it is also to ensure that no harm would come to international researchers and tourists visiting the islands in the areas.

Rashid said based on information received by the police, kidnap groups from southern Philippines and the Abu Sayyaf were still trying to sneak into Esszone waters.

"This curfew is also enforced to help ease the monitoring and enforcement over movements and gives a sense of security to chalet operators and fishermen through the presence of our security forces,” he explained.

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