Shafie welcomes Mohamad Sabu at the Chief Ministers Office at Sabah State Administrative Centre.
KOTA KINABALU: The security of Sabah is the focus of the Ministry of Defence, said its minister Mohamad Sabu.
He said Sabah currently received a high number of tourist arrivals as security has stabilised.
“There were some incidents at times but (Sabah) generally is still safe,” he said after paying a courtesy visit on the Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Datuk Mahiruddin here yesterday.
Mohamad said he had briefed Juhar on the security situation in the State as the Defence Minister.
He has described Juhar as an old friend in Parliament, when the latter was the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.
Mohamad later met with the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal to discuss security matters, including the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and the Sabah-Philippines borders.
“I have brought along the Chief of Armed Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin who is responsible for Malaysian security and Sabah is our focus.”
On Philippines’ claim on Sabah, Mohamad said discussions would be held with the Philippine Government.
“We have good relationship with the Philippine Government,” he added.
Mohammad also attended a luncheon hosted by the Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) led by president Tan Sri Andrew Liew Sui Fatt.
During the event, he urged the private sector to work together with the government to develop the economy, especially in Sabah and throughout Malaysia, amid the economic slowdown.
The minister and the SUCCC leaders also discussed the economic developments in Sabah during the luncheon.
Meanwhile, Andrew briefed Mohamad on the developments in the State and hoped that the Ministry of Defence would continue to strengthen security in Sabah for the wellbeing of the people.
He also praised the ministers friendly demeanor.
Also present at the luncheon were Commander of the Malaysian Fifth Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Muhammad Hafizuddeain Jantan, Commandant of Regiment 516 Territorial Army, Brigadier General Tan Sri Liew Yun Fah, SUCCC deputy president Datuk Ling Tiong Chai, SUCCC vice secretary general Datuk Tang Lung Sing and Tambunan Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Oi Thiam Beng.
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