Beefing up Sabah’s maritime security

SANDAKAN: Four more patrol vessels will be added to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) fleet in efforts to further strengthen security along Sabah’s long east coast coastline.

Currently, five patrol vessels are covering the coastline between Sandakan and Kunak and the additional vessels would help in further checking cross border movements as wells as other marine activities, MMEA Sandakan chief Captain Mohamad Onn Khalil said.

“We are cooperating with various enforcement agencies to safeguard security in Sabah waters, particularly the east coast,” he said, adding that 22 vessels have been so far deployed to patrol the 1,400km of coastline in Sabah.

According to Mohamad Onn, MMEA Sandakan conducted 92 checks on vessels within its operation zone and recorded six arrests for various maritime offences since January this year.

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