Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:45:00 GMT | By The Borneo Insider

PM Najib in Sabah; to visit Tanduo to see for himself

UN sec-gen urges peaceful end to Sabah situation; shooting resumes, fighter jets up over Tanduo, Batu skies


Goh Seng Chong, Bloomberg

FELDA SAHABAT, LAHAD DATU: The Prime Minister is expected anytime in Sabah. He is said to be on his way to Felda Sahabat and would arrive at any time now to get an on-the-ground briefing at the Command Centre in Felda Residence Sahabat.

“Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is on the way to ground zero to see the situation for himself,” said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein. “He has been in constant contact so far said Hishamuddin,”

Meanwhile United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging an end to the violence in Sabah and encouraging dialogue among all the parties for a peaceful resolution of the situation. ”The Secretary-General expresses concern about the impact this situation may have on the civilian population, including migrants in the region.

“He urges all parties to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance and act in full respect of international human rights norms and standards,” his spokesman said in a statement on the UN website.

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sabah, Malaysia

“The Secretary-General is closely following the situation in Sabah, Malaysia. He urges an end to the violence and encourages dialogue among all the parties for a peaceful resolution of the situation.

“The Secretary-General expresses concern about the impact this situation may have on the civilian population, including migrants in the region. He urges all parties to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance and act in full respect of international human rights norms and standards.” – ends

Early this morning, renewed shooting has been reported between Malaysian security forces and the Sulu raiders Thursday morning. Several fighter jets were seen flying over Felda Sahabat at about 8:35am.

The aircraft were believed to have been heading toward the direction of Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu where Sulu gunmen have been involved in firefights with Malaysian security forces.

Borneo Insider has been told that at least two armoured personnel carriers (APCs) have moved in at Tanjung Batu and has been firing heavily at selected targets.

At 9:32AM, two fighter jets screamed overhead Lahad Datu and was seen heading in the direction of Tawau.

There has been a flurry of activity with Nuri choppers taking off from Lahad Datu and headed for Felda Sahabat, most likely ferrying fresh troops.

The situation in Lahad Datu remains calm with almost all the shops open and people going about their daily routine.

Schools however, remained closed. In Semporna a source claimed hearing gunshots at about 11pm Wednesday, but this was not confirmed by the police.

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