SEMPORNA: It is business as usual for a majority of shops and business premises here, as the people go about their daily activities.
A Bernama survey found that people turned up by the droves at banking institutions, petrol stations and shops for their necessities.
“I queued up as early as 7.30am to withdraw money from the ATM (automated teller machine), I noticed that shops have begun operating as usual…so, the situation must be getting better,” said a resident, Palman Gireng.
Speaking to Bernama, he said he had earlier waited for his turn to withdraw money from the bank since an incident last Saturday, when six policemen were ambushed and killed by armed foreign intruders.
Restaurant owner Azlina Ab Lasim, 37, said she had shut down her business for two days, resuming only when the town’s situation returned to normalcy.
However, for safety reasons, she said she would only operate during the day.
Meanwhile, dried fish seller Ajim Ruben, 51, said he had purchased petrol in large quantities for fear that the incident (clash involving the intruders) might recur.
“We need to refuel, withdraw money and stock up on groceries, in case intruders attack us again,” he said.
Meanwhile, resident Sallehudin Salimin expressed full support for the security forces in Lahad Datu.
He said their battle to defend the country’s sovereignty was invaluable and should be appreciated by one and all.
Last Saturday, six policemen were killed in an ambush by gunmen claiming to be linked to the so-called Sulu Sultanate, at Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul here. – Bernama