12 Jul 2013 11:19

KOTA SAMARAHAN, July 4 (Bernama) -- The First Infantry Division of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) maintaining national security in Sabah and Sarawak (Region II) will continue to work closely with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to ensure safety in Sabah waters.

Its commander, Major-General Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar said although the 'Ops Daulat' had ended and the operation was fully carried out by the ESSCOM, the division was still responsible for ensuring the well-being of the public, especially in the Sabah east coast.

"As the Commander of Region II involving Sabah and Sarawak, the ATM personnel and I are responsible for working closely with ESSCOM to ensure that the Sabah water boundary is secure and safe," he told reporters after a parade in conjunction with the division's 47th Anniversary in Muara Tuang Complex, Kota Samarahan.

Meanwhile, when asked about the security level along the country's boundary in Region II, especially along the border with West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Mohd Zaki said the situation was good without any problems.

"We have no problem in terms of any threat on the frontier, in fact, we have always worked closely with the Sixth Military District Commando, Balik Papan and the 12th Military Disrict Commando, Tanjung Pura, Pontianak from the Indonesian National Army (TNI) in maintaining border security of the two countries," he said.

Asked if the MAF had any plan to increase the number of personnel in the border, Mohd Zaki said the plan was still at the discussion level.

At the function, 74 officers received a certificate of distinguished service while 22 officers, who served during the Ops Daulat received letters of appreciation.