I agree with suitcaseinabottle, but we do have some advice on hotspots on the safety hub.
http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/72170/Malaysia/Pirates-and-Kidnapping-in-Malaysia over 6 years ago
Sabah has been reasonably safe for travelers now. We are frequent travelers to Mabul & Kapalai island as we are not allowed to stay at Sipadan anymore due to environmental concerns. In fact, there are security stations setup on Sipadan and at some other islands that are conducting frequent patrolling. over 6 years ago