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Analyst: Hisham's new role in Esscom to quell dissent in Sabah

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's new special function in overseeing Sabah security and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is meant to quell dissent in the state, said an analyst.

Associate professor Ahmad Martadha Mohamed, the dean of Universiti Utara Malaysia's (UUM) College of Law, Government and International Studies, said this is because Sabahans place great importance on security issues.

"Esscom is a sensitive issue in Sabah, and the support of Sabahans is needed in the next general election.

"Among the dissatisfaction on the ground is about coordination," Martadha told Malaysiakini...

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