PM Najib: Malaysia to move residents from invasion zone in Sabah
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak said on Monday authorities would relocate residents of areas in Sabah deemed vulnerable to foreign infiltration as they continued to try to root out Filipino Islamic invaders.
Mr Najib's announcement appeared to indicate a recognition that an armed invasion by more than 200 armed fighters had exposed deep-seated security problems in the eastern state near the southern Philippines.
"The primary cause of the invasion of terrorists ... is the existence of settlements considered easily exposed to the danger of infiltration by illegal immigrants and stateless persons," Mr Najib said.
He added that relocations would affect areas near the invasion site but could be expanded to the entire state, which for centuries has had a porous sea border with the southern Philippines.