We just spent 6 delightful weeks in Kudat after a passage
from Palawan without any incident. We know of one sailor who sail between Palawan and Kudat several times a year and he never had security issues ...
Sail Malaysia had 20 yachts recently passing in Kudat and cruising Borneo east coast
under the protection of ESCOMM.
I think the area is safer in the past 2 years due to increased patrolling!
Official here are very easy and pleasant when clearing in and out.
I just sent a port update to Noonsite with latest details on Kudat.
Here is a video we made and just posted:
Malaysia - Mini tourist guide to Kudat on North Sabah Borneo