KUCHING, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is building six large vessels in an effort to improve its maritime security supervision and monitoring of the country's waters.
MMEA director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said two of the vessels would be deployed in the waters of Sarawak and Sabah and the remaining in the waters of Peninsular Malaysia to cover areas where the country shared its maritime borders with Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
"The safety of the country's waters is always MMEA's priority given the fact that the water passage is used as the main route for trading activities (exports and imports) between Malaysia and other countries," he told the media after launching the Sarawak MMEA Volunteer team here, today.
He said first vessel would be launched in March and would participate in the upcoming Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA 2017) exhibition in Langkawi on March 21-25, while the second vessel was scheduled to be launched in May.
"I am optimistic that with the new vessels MMEA will be able to monitor the country waters efficiently," he said.....