More marine bases for Sarawak

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  • Friday, 23 Apr 2004

MIRI: Sarawak police will build three more marine bases at strategic locations in the state, two in the northern region and one near the southern tip, as part of an effort to beef up security and safety along the state’s maritime boundary. 

State Police Commissioner Datuk Talib Jamal said a full-fledged marine base has been proposed for construction at Kuala Baram, about 35km from here, near the Sarawak-Brunei border checkpoint. 

Another base, located at Sarawak’s northernmost town of Limbang, was under construction and would be completed soon while another would be built at Muara Tebas at the southern tip of the Kuching Division, he said. 

“It is vital for the marine police to beef up facilities in all parts of the state because they are entrusted with the role of ensuring security, safety and crime prevention in our waters. 

“They also play a pivotal role in search and rescue missions at sea in cases of tragedies or natural disasters. 

“With the construction of marine bases at strategic positions in the state, we will be able to establish our presence and authority more effectively,” he said when declaring open the Bintulu Marine Base yesterday. 

Talib said efforts were being undertaken at the national and regional fronts to enhance the security of maritime boundaries. 

The state marine police, he said, have set up solid links with their counterparts in Brunei and Indonesia, especially those based in Kalimantan, so that more comprehensive joint efforts could be made to protect the waters surrounding the whole of Borneo, he said.  

Touching on the newly base in Bintulu, he said the Government had invested some RM32mil to construct the base to serve the region around Bintulu, the gas capital of Sarawak. 

Bintulu has emerged as the fourth largest urban centre in Sarawak, after Kuching, Miri and Sibu, and it was important that Bintulu had a marine base of its own so that the regional waters could be monitored and patrolled regularly, he said. 

Bintulu is home to several multi-billion ringgit industries related to the oil and gas sectors, fertiliser industries, heavy industrial projects and infrastructure projects.  

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