Friday, September 23, 2016

Sabah: Still Unsafe

Since my last blog entry on the Sabah security situation on July 11, 2016 – things have not improved at all. It sure tells you about our competency to protect Sabah.
Seven days after my post, Malaysian authorities found an empty tugboat with its engine still running in the waters off Lahad Datu, Sabah.
The police were clueless and the next day, Sabah Police Commissioner Abdul Rashid Harun even confessed he could not confirm their whereabouts.
But Philippine news outlet GMA reported that five men: Abd Rahim Bin Summas, 62, the boat skipper; Tayudin Bin Anjut, 45; Mohd Ridzuan Bin Ismail, 32; Fandy Bin Bakran, 26; and Mohamad Jumadil Bin Rahim, 23 had been kidnapped.
On August 03, another kidnapping. This time, the victim was Harm an Mangga, 30, the Indonesian skipper of a fishing trawler. His fate is still unknown.
Then on September 10, a Semporna-registered vessel named Puteri which was anchored in the waters off Pulau Pom Pom and Pulau Gaya was boarded by gunmen – and three fishermen who are Filipino migrants holding the IMM13 Immigration Department documents allowing them to reside and work in Sabah were abducted.
ESSCOM (Eastern Sabah Security Command) are effing hopeless!

On Tuesday, Liverpool continued their good form by thumping Derby County 3-0 to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Ragnar Klavan gave the Reds the lead, slotting in his first Reds goal (24) from a Philippe Coutinho corner. The latter got the second in the fiftieth minute after a one-two with Roberto Firmino, before setting up Divock Origi to lash in a third, four minutes later.
The next day, Celtic had to rely on two late strikes before overcoming dogged part-timers Alloa Athletic and reach the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup. The goals came from James Forrest (83) and Moussa Dembele (90).
On Wednesday evening, I attended the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting at the Bankers Club in KL’s Jalan Imbi – and I took part in the impromptu speaking session. I was voted Best Table Topics speaker.


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