Posted: 19 Feb 2013 04:21 AM PST
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said the security forces were in full control of the situation in Lahad Datu.
"As Chairman of the State Security Committee, I am confident that the relevant authorities are on top of the situation," he said.
He said this was the result of coordinated efforts among the police, the military and the marine coast guard, who have shown a high degree of professionalism and discipline.
"In the last few days, we have seen how the authority, especially the police, has exercised great restraint in dealing with the foreign intruders in Kampung Tanduo," he said.
He said the restraint was not a sign of weakness but rather a deeper understanding of the complexity of the issue.
Musa however, urged the foreign intruders to return to their homeland to avoid any untoward incident including bloodshed in the event that the Malaysian security forces have to take action.
"They must realise that they have clearly breached international laws and Malaysia's sovereignty. What is at stake here is our sovereignty and rights, which will not be compromised," he said.
"Once again, I appeal to the intruders to be rational and give up the futile attempt and return to their homeland peacefully," he said.
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