He said the security and defence management component was aimed at pooling the resources of security agencies to enhance operational effectiveness.
This component would be led by an ESSCom commander who heads three special divisions, namely intelligence, security and defence as well as operations, he told a press conference at the Perdana Putra building here.
Najib also announced the appointment of ESSCom Security and Public Order Division director DCP Datuk Abd Rashid Harun as the ESSCom commander in charge of the intelligence, security and defence as well as operations division in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) effective July 15.
“It is hoped that the restructuring of ESSCom and other measures taken and being taken will enhance the security in the Sabah east coast.
“The government hopes that the people, particularly those in the Sabah east coast, will always extend their full cooperation to strengthen security there.
“The support and cooperation of the people of Sabah will enable the security forces and others to maintain and strengthen security in the Sabah east coast,” he said.