No kidnappings involving Malaysians a win for Sabah in 2017

The kidnapping of five fishermen by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the southern Philippines off Lahad Datu on July 18, last year, was the last of such a case involving Malaysians. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 25, 2017.

THE year 2017 saw no kidnappings involving Malaysians in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) this year, among other notable security issues.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had, on September 29, announced that the government would deploy about 500 People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members as a pilot project to assist in monitoring security in Esszone.

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