JOHOR BARU: The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is planning to buy 10 additional airboats to improve their enforcement operations in Malaysian waters.
MMEA director-general vice-admiral Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said the airboats, costing about RM1mil each, would help the enforcement team to access more areas including muddy, shallow waters as well areas on the mainland.
According to Ahmad Puzi, discussions on the suitability of assets, especially in shallow waters, was the focus in their previous meetings as some enforcement measures could not be carried out due to lack of facilities.
"We hope to get the 10 Australia technology airboats within the next three years to equip our enforcement team with better assets to conduct raids or patrolling in difficult areas,” he said.
Ahmad Puzi said this during a press conference held to demonstrate the airboat’s uses at Danga Bay jetty here on Thursday.
However, he said that the need for the airboats could only be realised if they were given the approval and allocation by the government.
“If we manage to get the airboats, MMEA will be the first agency to own such assets to be used to curb criminal activities, including smuggling,” said Ahmad Puzi.
The airboat, which could go up to 75km per hour, was introduced by the Ard Technology Corporation Sdn Bhd.