Security in Sabah to get a boost when new ship starts operating, says Hishammuddin

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s security will be stepped up when the last of the four new ships starts operating at the Sepanggar Navy base later this month.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) KD Rencong is expected to be ready for operations by Jan 28.

He said three similar ships had been delivered to Sabah in 2019 and 2021 and added that once fully operational, these assets will complement patrol operations and act as supporting platforms for quick reaction force teams.

Speaking to the media while visiting the Lok Kawi Army Base here on Thursday (Jan 13), Hishammuddin added that these ships will be able to conduct operations continuously for 15 days without returning to base, among other abilities.

He said these assets will be part of the navy’s 11th LMS Squadron and will fight threats, patrol the exclusive economic zones, and support agents of security and peace.

Earlier, Hishammuddin had a briefing on three main issues here with security agencies as well as Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The issues were the LMS vessels, Ops Murni, flood-related preparations as well as safety in Sabah.

Hishammuddin said issues on Sabah security will be discussed further with the Armed Forces in Tawau on Friday (Jan 14) morning.

“I am happy with how the Chief Minister and security forces work together in maintaining peace and security in the state,” he said, adding that he is also satisfied with how the recent floods were handled in Sabah.

On other matters, Hishammuddin reminded the authorities to continue their investigations on syndicates falsifying vaccine certificates.

He said there can be no compromise on this matter as it involves the lives and health of the public.