Police are in the process of identifying the security forces personnel who might have been the culprit behind the leakage of information pertaining to the security forces operations in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) areas.
However, no arrests have been made so far involving members of the security forces personnel.
“I do not deny that there is a possibility of security forces involvement in the incidents in ESScom area,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters after the handing over of duties and the conferment of ranks ceremony at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur today.
A special operation was conducted in the area yesterday and more than 10 people comprising locals and immigrants from Southern Philippines were arrested.
The operation is still ongoing and those arrested will be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).
Prime Minister Najib Razak has recently said that he believed the leakage of information relating to the operation of security forces in Sabah waters was done by ‘insiders’.
He said that it had made it difficult for the security forces to control the areas to the extent of causing kidnapping cases to be rampant, especially in Esscom area.