KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Government has given the assurance that those found guilty of negligence in the recent catamaran boat mishap will face the strong arm of the law.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said he hoped the thorough probe would bring to light what caused the tragic incident.
He has also directed the relevant authorities to clamp down on irresponsible boat operators who did not abide by the existing regulations when ferrying passengers out to sea.
“On behalf of the Sabah State government, I wish to once again extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who perished and to the Chinese government over this mishap,” he said during a courtesy by the ambassador of China to Malaysia, HE Huang Hui Kang at Sri Gaya today.
“We including our Prime Minister are all equally concern over this most unfortunate incident.”
Musa also assured the Chinese emissary that those who survived the ordeal were getting the best medical attention at the government hospital.
Meanwhile, Huang voiced his appreciation to the state government and relevant authorities for extending their full assistance in the search and rescue operation.
“We are grateful for the efforts extended. The search & rescue operation is thus far gone well,” he said.
He also hoped for China’s continued cooperation with Sabah especially where tourism was concerned.
“Sabah is such an attractive tourist destination for the Chinese. We hope their safety is assured to keep this momentum going,” he said.