KOTA KINABALU: Police are tightening security in Malaysian waters and at borders and is also seeking the cooperation of the authorities in neighbouring countries to nab the gang responsible for the abduction of two cousins in Lahad Datu recently.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said state police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib has been told to strengthen ties with the related parties to ensure better control of the such situations.
"I want to ensure Malaysians at large, particularly Sabahans, here, that we take this very seriously.
"We are strengthening ties to send a message to these groups that we are alert and we guarantee the safety of our civilians.
"They cannot beat us, we won't allow that to happen," Ismail said after launching the Auxiliary Police Agency conference with senior police officers here, yesterday.
On the motive for the abduction, Ismail said it is mostly always “dollars and cents’ and he appealed to Malaysians to come forward if they have information on this case.
Five armed men abducted a 33-year-old plantation manager and his 25-year-old assistant in a plantation in Lahad Datu last Wednesday.
The victims were inspecting a swiftlet house there with two workers when they were confronted by the armed men.
They took the two victims out to the sea from Kampung Manakayan, about 2km from the plantation.
Hamza said the police knew the whereabouts of the two victims and were working on the next course of action.
"Since they are in a neighbouring country, we are cooperating with the authorities there," he said without elaborating.
On the auxiliary police agency conference, which was hosted by the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Hamza said auxiliary police played a significant role in supporting police in achieving the National Key Results Areas (NKRA) on reducing crime.
Earlier in his speech, Ismail said Malaysia has clinched eighth spot in the 'happiest country' ranking list of a World Happiness Report published and released by The Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Ismail said in the survey that involved 100 countries, Malaysia had overtaken developed countries like the United States, Canada and Japan.
Source : NewStraitsTimes