Sniffer dogs join the security forces to flush remnants of the Sulu gunmen at Nilam Permata in Lahad Datu.
KUDAT 23/03/2013: The local Suluk community, who are citizens of the country, have nothing to fear, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
"It is not right to blame the local Suluk community in the state for the Lahad Datu intrusion because it was not done by them but followers of (Jamalul) Kiram," he said when launching the Yayasan Sabah with the Rakyat Roadshow on Saturday.
He pointed out that many of the people in Sabah had family ties with the Suluks.
"I don't think there are problems (but) we will defend Sabah to the end from outsiders attempting to invade the state.
"We concur with the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) that Malaysia will never surrender even an inch of Sabah...Sabah belongs to the people of Sabah," he said.
It was for this reason that the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) was established, said Musa, who is also chairman of the state security committee.
The chief minister also disclosed that a police station would be immediately set up on Banggi island, located near the international maritime border on the northern waters off Sabah.
He later witnessed the presentation of contributions totalling RM35,000 for the Lahad Datu Perwira Fund from elected representatives and from an individual.