Malaysia Moves to Boost Coastal Security in Sabah

The government will deploy 20 armored vehicles and at least four helicopters equipped with Gatling guns to the Lahud Datu area.
Muzliza Mustafa
A new move by Malaysia to bolster its defenses in eastern Sabah state aims to deter potential coastal threats from the nearby southern Philippines as Manila’s new government escalates operations against Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants, a security expert told BenarNews.
“We cannot rule out the possibility that their shore is just close to us,” Professor Zaini Othman, who directs the Strategic Security Research Center at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, said Wednesday.
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