LAHAD DATU INTRUSION A WAKE UP CALL FOR MALAYSIANS, SECURITY FORCES

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KOTA KINABALU, July 14 (Bernama) -- Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the terrorist intrusion in Lahad Datu was a 'wake-up call' for Malaysians, as well as the security forces, to be united in facing the threats of globalisation.

He said although in name, Ops Daulat had ended and replaced with Ops Sanggah, the task of the security forces, especially the armed forces did not end.

"Actually, our presence in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and in the 10 districts in the East Sabah Security Zone points to how we can beef up security after the wake up call," he told reporters after the breaking of fast at the Lok Kawi camp here, today.

He said for Malaysia, there were lessons learnt from the incident on the intrusion in Sabah.

"It is also a lesson to other countries because with globalisation, it brings new threats which have to be addressed by the security forces, as well as the general public," he added.

On foreign passengers stranded at the transit area of the KL International Airport, as reported in the newspapers, Hishammuddin said an integrated approach involving the relevant ministries should be carried out to rectify the matter.

-- BERNAMA

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