KUCHING: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) does not have a recruitment quota.
Chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said all races, especially non-bumiputra, are highly encouraged to enlist.
He added that the navy embraced diversity and prioritised a more balanced racial distribution among officers and personnel.
“We have never set a recruitment quota for the navy.
“We accept all applicants who are academically qualified and with good health,” he told reporters after the Admiral on Deck engagement programme here.
He also presented the Pingat Jasa Malaysia to 24 navy veterans at the event.
Kamarulzaman welcomed more recruitment from Sarawak, saying citizens of the state had a good disciplinary record and lauded their loyalty, ethics and work culture.
On a related note, the chief admiral hoped the Sarawak government and Defence Ministry could expedite the setting up of the RMN Region 4 naval base in Bintulu to strengthen security in the waters of Sarawak.
“At the moment, we have a team operating at Bintulu. With a naval base in place, we could place our assets in Sarawak for faster response time. This could help us recruit more Sarawakians.
“The proposed Region 4 naval base, to be set up near the Bintulu Port Authority facilities, would also complement our assets at Sepanggar (Kota Kinabalu) base.”
Kamarulzaman pointed out the importance of beefing up security at the South China Sea to protect Sarawak resources, including oil and gas exploration through Petroleum Sarawak Bhd.