KOTA KINABALU: The state government was urged to implement people’s housing projects along the coast of Lahad Datu before relocating residents affected by the intrusion of Sulu militants, to resettlement areas.
Datuk Mohammad Yusof Apdal (BN-Lahad Datu) said the projects were necessary, before any decision to set up resettlement areas, to ensure the welfare of the affected residents.
“I also urge the state government to gazette villages which have been occupied for more than 20 years, as Bumiputra villages or as resettlement areas, to meet the needs of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM),” he said when debating on the address of state Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Sabah State Assembly, here, today.
Prior to this, the security forces decided that Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, the location of a recent landing by the intruders, would be closed.
Mohammad Yusof, who represented the area involved in the tragedy which left 10 members of the Malaysian security forces dead, also lauded a move to build an airport at Silabukan in Lahad Datu and to upgrade the existing one.
“To meet the increase in populace, the construction of the airport must be accelerated. I am confident the airport will be the focus of domestic and foreign tourists and help spur the economy,” he said.
Earlier, BN-Senallang’s Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran (photo) hoped more security control posts would be strategically set up, specifically in ESSCOM, namely at Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak, Sandakan and Kudat.