Sulu-Sulawesi Seas - Security Overlooked?
Martin Sebastian | Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto
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Earlier this month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Indonesian President, Joko Widodo made a joint announcement during the Annual Malaysia-Indonesia Consultation to finally resolve the long-standing issues in the Sulu-Sulawesi waters.
The tri-border area has long been a hub for transnational organized crime and terrorist threats, as the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf militants are behind a rash of kidnappings of Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in the seas.
We explore the long-running issues in the Sulu-Sulawesi seas over the years, and the efforts taken to address the security issues in the tri-border area.
This is a report by Wan Irdina and Keith Kam.
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Tags: maritime security, Sulu-Sulawesi, Joko Widodo, Lahad Datu, Malaysia-Indonesia Relations, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Abu Sayyaf