Last Updated On: Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:53:32 PM


Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone)

Saturday, 19 July 2014, Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman declared a curfew from 6pm to 6am in the eastern Sabah coastal areas from Tanjung Pundaras in Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna to the Tawau Jetty, a distance of 362 nautical miles and coverng an area of 121,270 square nautical miles.

MARITIME communities off Semporna remained calm during the 12-hour curfew that started on Saturday, 19 July 2014

The designated curfew area is between the Malaysia-Philippines sea border and encompasses a 5.5km distance from beach or land.

The 6pm-6am curfew was enforced in six districts within the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone), involving waters off :

1- waters off  Semporna
2- waters off Tawau
3- waters off  Lahad Datu
4- waters off  Sandakan
5- waters off Kinabatangan
6- waters off Kunak


The Sabah Education Department has reminded teachers serving in six districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) where a curfew has been imposed by the authorities, to follow the curfew order.

Sabah Education Department director, Datuk Jame Alip said the teachers should also be careful and not carry out activities along the beaches or at sea during the curfew hours from 6pm to 6am.

“I ask that they abide by the curfew order to prevent any untoward incident. Don’t engage in any risky activities like fishing at night....”

Sabah Education Department director
Datuk Jame Alip
 said during his working visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pulau Mabul
on 21 July 2014 20:18


Monday, 21 July 2014 Teachers In Curfew Areas In Esszone Told To Obey Curfew Order


National security was the top priority of the authorities when it issued the curfew order in several districts on the East Coast of Sabah. Malaysian government was aware the curfew order announced on Saturday, 19 July 2014 in six districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) had affected the daily activities of the community, especially fishermen, but the move was imperative to curb the entry of intruders who could threaten national security.

“We understand the curfew order has inconvenienced the people but that was the best measure to defend the country’s peace and sovereignty,”

Rural and Regional Development Minister
Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal
told reporters after visiting security personnel on duty at the General Operations Force posts in Pulau Mabul, Kapalai and Singamate
July 25, 2014, Friday

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