KOTA KINABALU, 16 April 2019:
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal hopes the US will remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list of potential kidnapping in the state’s east coast. He said Sabah is a safe state to travel in and tourists from China and Europe continue to flock the state, including Sipadan Island and Semporna.
“I do hope the request by the Foreign Ministry to remove Malaysia out (of the list is taken into consideration), and that the area is safe to travel. The situation is manageable and nothing to worry about.
“Incidents (of kidnappings) have happened before. But we are doing our level best to ensure the security to not only be tightened but also to intensify surveillance in that area.”
Mohd Shafie hoped the US authority would share to counterparts in Malaysia any information on the possible dangers in the area by sharing intelligence.
Recently, the US state department had marked indicator ‘K’ that identifies countries with “risks of kidnapping and hostage taking” by criminal and terrorist for 34 other countries including Malaysia.
As for Malaysia, eastern Sabah was earmarked as a region with increased kidnapping risk.