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Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman Friday handed the instruments of appointment to the seven key officers of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), which takes effect Friday. The officers are ESSCOM director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek; director of the Security and Public Order Division, DCP Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM); director of the Intelligence Division 1, DCP Datuk Ahmad Nadzer Nordin (PDRM); director of the Defence Division, Maj Gen Datuk Abdul Halim Jalal of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
Director of the Intelligence Division II, Maj Gen Datuk Mohd Noor Osman (ATM); director of the Management and Public Service Division, Mohamed Zahari Razali (Administrative and Diplomatic Service) and director of the Defense Division, First Admiral (Maritime) M. Karunanithi of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
In his brief address at the function, held at Wisma Innoprise here, Musa, who is ESSCOM chairman, said the Public Service Department had approved all the 48 ESSCOM posts which he added would be filled soon.
"I believe the establishment of ESSCOM will give confidence to the people, especially those living in the east coast of Sabah, as to their safety," he said.
He expressed confidence that the appointed officers would be able to meet the needs of the three major components in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE), which were development, security and psywar.
The three components were important to raise again the people's confidence in security besides diversifying their socio-economic activities., he said.
Musa said it was hoped that the key officers of ESSCOM would be able to draw up various socio-economic and security programmes which would safeguard the Sabah east coast from foreign elements and make it a new economic growth center.
"Here lies your role in ESSCOM, as the think tank of the government to recommend how all these things can be implemented," he said.
The establishment of ESSCOM, covering the districts of Kudat, Tawau, Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu, was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on March 7 after the launch of a government offensive to flush out terrorists from the southern Philippines who had holed up in Lahad Datu and killed 8 policemen.
Philippines News agency