Amphibious boats to patrol seas

ACP Marzuki (right) symbolically receiving a baton from Supt Dimin during the handing over of duties ceremony at the Marine Police Region 1 Batu Uban base, witnessed by SAC Abdul Manaf.

THE marine police will get five Humdinga amphibious vehicles next year to beef up their operation.

Bukit Aman head of administration (marine police) Senior Asst Comm Abdul Manaf Othman said they were now waiting for the relevant authorities to deliver the vehicles.

“The amphibious truck boat can transform from land to water mode.

“It will come in handy during flood evacuation. It can also help to curb smuggling activities.

“The vehicles will be placed along the shorelines in the country when we receive them,” he told reporters after witnessing a handing over of duties ceremony at the Marine Police Region 1 Batu Uban base in Penang on Friday.

Newly appointed Marine Police Region 1 chief Asst Comm Marzuki Che Shuib officially took over the helm from acting commander Supt Dimin Awang.

Meanwhile, ACP Marzuki said they had cracked 442 cases involving various types of offences from January till Friday, including violation of Immigration rules (111 cases) and drug related activities (158 cases).

“We have come across cases where maritime workers were involved in stealing boats, boat engines and fishes after getting high on drugs. Some of them were foreign workers.

“We have to beef up patrolling to keep tabs on such activities in Region 1, covering the waters from Kuala Perlis to Pulau Ketam in Selangor,” he said.

ACP Marzuki also raised concerns over firearms smuggling and human trafficking activities, especially those involving Bangladeshis and Myanmar nationals.

“Previously, we have seen them land in Teluk Bahang and Balik Pulau. Although such cases have reduced in the past few months, we are still keeping tabs,” he said.

ACP Marzuki said they would always exchange intelligence and improve on their networking with Indonesia and Thailand to curb trans-border crimes.

“We have good cooperation with Thailand where we conduct coordinated zone patrolling.

“We carry out alternate week patrolling in Thai waters and Malaysian waters in the north of Pulau Langkawi. It has been a practice for years.”

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