Sunday, July 20, 2014

Curfew in Sabah's Waters

A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the seas off six districts (i.e. Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau) in Sabah’s east coast as Malaysian security forces tackle what they described as a threat to public order that is now real and continuous.
The curfew area involves the sea three nautical miles from shore until the international borders with the Philippines, encompassing an area of some 121,270 sq miles. The length of the curfew area was about 362 nautical miles from Tanjung Pundaras in Sandakan to part of Pulau Sebatik near Tawau.
The curfew hours are from 6 PM to 6 AM every day from Saturday to August 02, 2014. After the deadline, Malaysian security forces would assess the situation in the east coast and use the Public Order (Preservation) Act or Sabah’s own Preservation of Public Order Ordinance to declare an indefinite curfew, if necessary.
Isn’t this an affirmation that ESSCOM has failed?
Sunway University Toastmasters met for their regular meeting last Thursday. It is the exams period and so, we had anticipated a poor attendance. True enough, I counted only thirty-five of us at the meeting. I was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening and of course, we had a darn good meeting.
And this time, our own member, Nurdina Kasim took up the challenge to be the General Evaluator and not surprisingly, she did a heck of a good job. An 8 over 10 score for this meeting.

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