The government has approved two battalions with 1,280 personnel and will build two new camps in the area, Prime Minister Najib Razak said in his budget speech today. It will also upgrade an airport runway and relocate a squadron from Peninsular Malaysia to Labuan, a territory off the Borneo coast, he said.
“Military and security operation equipment will be further improved, such as procurement of high-capability monitoring radar,” Najib said.
Sabah is Malaysia’s second-biggest state by land area and has a population of more than 3 million. The government will also relocate some water villages in stages, the prime minister said.
“The government hopes that through the initiative, the safety of Malaysians in Sabah will be safeguarded and economic activities to rebound,” he said.
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