Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has stressed on the importance of safeguarding the nation's security in the wake of a shootout in Sabah.
"The government wants appropriate, stern and effective action to be taken to counter this threat.
"Do not give crimininals the slightest of room to intrude and create chaos in the country. Continue to safeguard our waters, borders and sovereignty," he added in a blog posting.
The prime minister also said he is praying for the recovery of a security force personnel who was injured in the incident.
Najib said Malaysian security forces are working with their Philippine counterparts to determine the identity of the individual who was kidnapped and to strategise the next course of action.
"At the same time, our security forces must be praised for their swift action. It is not an easy task to control such a large area," he added.
Last night, security forces shot dead three of seven abductors, believed to be from southern Philippines, in a shootout in the Pulau Gaya waters, off Semporna.
Sabah police commissioner Abdul Rashid Harun said the security forces arrested two of the other four abductors and freed one of two captives, both skippers of fishing vessels.
The remaining two abductors and the other captive went missing following the clash with General Operations Force (GOF) personnel about 9pm.
Abdul Rashid said one of the security forces personnel, a lance corporal, was injured in the right leg during the shootout and had been sent to hospital.
He is in a stable condition.- Mkini