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Monday, June 13, 2005

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Starts in November

According to this article:
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency will begin operations in November with 20 ships and patrol boats.

An agency source said Monday the vessels were part of the 72 ships and boats that would be taken over by the agency in stages from the various existing maritime agencies.

Of the 20 ships and boats that would be taken over next month, nine belonged to the Royal Malaysia Police, six Royal Malaysia Navy and five Royal Malaysia Customs.

In total, he said, the police would supply 15 ships and boats, navy 19, Fisheries Department 12, Marine Department 21 and customs five.

He said the second stage of the take-over in January next year would involve 40 ships and boats, with 15 from the Marine Department, 12 from the Fisheries Department, seven from the navy and six from the police.

The final take-over will involve 12 ships and boats, comprising six each from the navy and Marine Department.

On the personnel exchange appointments, the source said it would take effect on July 1. The option forms would be issued soon, he said.

'Those who opt to serve with the agency will undergo a two-month sea adjustment course which is expected to begin in August,' he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was reported to have said in mid-May that for a start, the government had approved 4,035 posts to meet the operational needs in five regions which would cover 17 districts and nine bases.

On the purchase of 25 new patrol boats to beef up the agency, it is understood that the tender had been issued.

The agency, headed by a director-general appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, will be responsible in ensuring the security of the country's maritime zones and protect the maritime interests of Malaysia and other countries.

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