PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Razak said, the government is prepared to
approve an additional allocation to boost
the capability of the Armed Forces (ATM).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Razak and retired senior armed
forces personnel pose for a photograph
at the An evening with the Prime
Minister and Retired Senior Officers of
the ATM' at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya
today. -- NSTP/Aizuddin Saad
Following the incident in Lahad Datu and
Semporna in Sabah recently, he said, the
government would carry out overall
improvements in terms of equipment,
training, skills and intelligence of
ATM. "If there are anything which we need to
add, God willing, the government is prepared
to approve an additional allocation to
upgrade the capability of the ATM.
"We need to give confidence to the people
over the question of territorial sovereignty
and national security. We need to do
whatever is required for the future of the
people," he said at 'An evening with the
Prime Minister and Retired Senior Officers
of the ATM' at Seri Perdana, here, today.
More than 200 retired senior officers of the
ATM attended the event. Also present were
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi and Armed Forces chief, General Tan
Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin. Meanwhile, Najib
said, the Special Security Area in Sabah (ESSCOM),
took into account the Rajang Area Security
Command (RASCOM) model di Sarawak which was
found to be very effective in facing current
"I also want the cabins be constructed
quickly without having to wait for permanent
buildings. "We start as soon as possible and
the cabins must be comfortable so they could
carry out their duties comfortably and give
confidence to the people of eastern Sabah
specifically on the effort of the government
in tackling the latest threat.
"Further details on the structure of ESSCOM
are expected to be announced at the end of
next week. Hopefully, we can discuss with
the state government of Sabah," he said.
He also wanted the Defence Ministry to
appoint the most suitable officer to head
the team to serve in ESSCOM.
ESSCOM covered the districts of Kudat, Tawau,
Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Najib gave his assurance that the
Suluk community in Sabah would not be
victimised. "We need to separate the local
Suluk and the intruders as local Suluks are
model citizens. We cannot lump them together
as threats to the country.
"We must implement confidence building
measures so that they understand this is in
order to face the groups of terrorists," he
added. -- BERNAMA
Source: The NST 16 March 2013