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Security situation in Sabah

Posted by esonia1982 on 5/3/2013 at 20:40

I am currently in KK with plans to travel onward to Semporna and Danum Valley in the next week or two; with the situation with the armed standoff/military action in these areas, I have received mixed advice on whether it is safe to proceed. Is anyone on the ground in Semporna or Lahad Datu that can provide an update on the security situation there?

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Posted by mmwwh on 5/3/2013 at 21:50

Hi Esonia

We are from Semporna and currently operating a backpackers, proboscis river cruise and dive centre in semporna

Its true since saturday night the shooting incident happen behind our accommodation Kampung Simunul becuase of the intruder but today situation is calm and back to normal for business.

Here is our location Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers & Dive Centre not promoting but to show our location


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Posted by mmwwh on 5/3/2013 at 21:53

Record show today tourist arrival at 190 visitors, its a good sign, to rest assure security forces being deploy there. We from semporna also hope it resolve as soon as possible for the sake of tourism

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Posted by mmwwh on 12/3/2013 at 00:10

Today in Semporna show tremendous improvement fo tourist arrival in semporna, glad things recovering slowly, do visit us at Sipadan Diving Centre

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Posted by mmwwh on 12/3/2013 at 00:18


Greetings from Sabah and Sipadan Island

The Sabah Tourism Board wish to assure our visitorsand partners worldwide that the tourism industry, hotels, island resorts, river,jungle and mountain lodges and activities throughout Sabah including the east coast, are operating as usual.

The various dive destinations of Sipadan, Mabul,Kapalai, Mataking, Pom Pom, Pandanan, Lankayan and Selingan (popularly known as Turtle Island) are open for business and visitors. In the past few years the Malaysian Government has installed armed national security personnel on these islandsand this week, security are further beefed up. The National Security Council(NSC) confirmed there is no prohibition to visit the resort islands. Allactivities continue as usual.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak himself flew in to inspect security operations in the areas to ensure the safety and security of Sabah. The Prime Minister announced the erection of the Special Security Area,along the entire east coast of Sabah from Kudat in the north to Tawau in the southeast to prevent any intrusions. The Government is immediately mobilizing five additional battalions comprising the army, police and the maritime to these areas, including the islands to ensure safety and security.

The remote coastal village Kampung Tanduo that was occupied by armed intruders and nearby Kampung Tanjung Batu are security cordoned areas by the Malaysian security forces. These remote villages are more than 150km from Lahad Datu town. They are NOT in the tourist route/map. There are no tourism attractions in the area.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar assured and informed the people to go about their daily activities. He advised the public not to panic and not to listen to rumours. He assured the public, visitors and tourists their safety. “I would like to assure tourists that it is safe to travel to Sabah.”Ismail said.

Thank you. Terima Kaseh.

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/3/2013 at 05:56

I think generally speaking it's a good idea to avoid conflict areas when on vacation. Gives the idea of adventure travel a bit too much potential adventure.

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Posted by mmwwh on 15/4/2013 at 19:16

Hi Madmac

Situation in Semporna East Coast in Sabah under control. Security forces deployed Lahad Datu and Semporna to ensure safety.

Our Sabah Tourism Board issued statement that tourism business is normal.


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Posted by bcd on 26/5/2013 at 23:22

Hello mmww

Is it still safe to visit sipadan island also the gateway to semporna, we visited a website www.borneoclimbanddive.com recommended a macau friend.

We plan to book our diving to sipadan island

Hope to hear from you


#8 bcd has been a member since 26/5/2013. Posts: 1

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