Monday, July 14, 2014

Shootout in Mabul

A police helicopter patrols near Mabul Water Bungalows Resort where a shootout took place. Photo: AP
Last week, security was put on heightened alert following a kidnap attempt by gunmen at a fish farm off Kampung Bangau Bangau in Semporna, Sabah. That freaked out our authorities so much so that fish farm owners were ordered to move out of their farms. At least seven gunmen were reported to still be in the area, and our security forces were unable to flush them out.
On Saturday, eight armed intruders in military fatigues stormed the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort on Mabul island, off Semporna. Marine policeman Kpl Rajah Jamuan was killed while a constable identified as Zakiah Aleip, remains missing after a shootout with the gunmen.
In fact, media reports had highlighted the fact that there have been a couple of attempts by Filipino gunmen to breach security around Mabul island – a favourite diving destination in the east coast of Sabah.
If this was true, I would have expected security to be beefed up and if it was, then Malaysian security was still very lax. One killed and one missing do not speak well of our capability to stop any armed trespass. And another thing. I read in The Sun today that the two were part of a 4-man security detail tasked to secure Mabul! It must have been a walk in the park for the gunmen.
I have no confidence in ESSCOM. I had, in fact, thrown a dare that Sabah will not see the end of kidnappings and shootings any time soon; and that we do not have to wait long. [Read my post at this link, dated July 04, 2014].
True enough, the last abductions occurred last month and Sabah is in the news again this month! Maybe somebody forgot to inform these people that although we are having a Visit Malaysia Year 2014, we have no intention to welcome them!
Astro Awani even quoted Sabah police commissioner, Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman as saying the gunmen managed to evade authorities and fled towards Tawi-tawi in southern Philippines. In plain English, it means they managed to escape! WTF? What happened to our reinforcements? And what happened to our naval cordon to close off escape routes?
Two Tuesdays ago, Prime Minister Najib Razak had revamped ESSCOM to give it more bite. Today, Najib orders yet another review of ESSCOM. Najib is a joke.
Face it, Najib! ESSCOM is toothless. And you are hopeless.

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