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Immigrants make trouble during Sabah Election

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In conjunction with the Sabah state election, we have received information that immigrants from a neighbouring country will come to Sabah in big numbers to create disturbance.

KOTA KINABALU (Sept 20): “Police have received intelligence that certain elements such as immigrants from a neighbouring country are planning to enter Sabah in substantial numbers to cause trouble during polling on Saturday.” Sabah police commissioner, Datuk Hazani Ghazali said.

“In conjunction with the Sabah state election, we have received information that immigrants from a neighbouring country will come to Sabah in big numbers to create disturbance.

“We have to thwart this so that the polls can be proceed smoothly and the public order and security can be maintained.” Hazani told in a press conference at Sabah police headquarters here today.

When asked by reporters, he was declined to disclose the source of the intelligence, number of potential troublemakers. And the kind of disturbance planned by them.

“(They are) from a neighbouring country; no need to be specific,” Hazani said.

“Police would cooperate with the Immigration Department, armed forces and other relevant agencies to tighten controls along the country’s borders. Including boosting existing assets.” He said.

He said Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) had been activated its assets to the maximum level. They also conducting patrols along the land and sea borders on the Sabah east coast.

“A total of 96 control posts at the land and sea borders have been placed on a state of alert and are actively conducting patrols to detect ‘lorong tikus’ (illegal trails) along the borders.

“We are also worried that they might bring in COVID-19 as the virus has spread rapidly. Especially in the Sabah east coast of Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna,” Hazani added.

Meantime, he said despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in Sabah. Early voting would be proceed as planned on Tuesday in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to restrain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Content source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/foreigners-planning-enter-sabah-and-cause-trouble-during-polling-%E2%80%94-police-chief

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