Nobody rocking the MCO boat

Kapt Hamizan: We have not caught anyone who violated the MCO

THE Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted surveillance and checked over 400 boats since the start of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18.

Penang MMEA director Kapt Hamizan Harun said in all the checks conducted, no boats were detained for violating the MCO.

“Up to now, we have not caught anyone who violated the MCO.

“We can see that those out at sea are more and more compliant, even though in the beginning, some were found out at sea without good reason.

“But after we advised many of them, people have become more understanding and today, we have reached a 97% compliance rate,” he said during a press conference onboard the KM Kimanis patrol vessel last Wednesday.

He added that during the MCO, MMEA ramped up enforcement action at the sea borders to ensure that there were no intrusions.

“We are also cooperating with the police and Malaysian Civil Defence Force to ensure proper surveillance at our waters.

“In an operation by MMEA on May 6, we inspected 12 boats and all 12 were found compliant with the MCO.

“For assets, we mobilised a ship and two boats,” he added.

Lt-Kdr Amrizuwan Alwi, who commands the KM Kimanis, said his crew of 27 was in charge of surveillance at sea.

“We guard the Penang-Indonesia marine border as well as the Perak-Kedah border.

“During the MCO, we have two assets each day to carry out Ops Covid-19.

“This operation is more to ensure that those out at sea are compliant and adhere strictly to the MCO,” he said.
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