KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will start operations in November when the recruitment and training of staff are completed, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that it would start off with 72 ships and boats, which would be received in stages from the various maritime agencies.
The Royal Malaysian Police will supply 15 ships and boats, Royal Malaysian Navy (19), Royal Malaysian Customs Department (5), Fisheries Department (12) and Marine Department (21).
The agency would also beef this up with 25 new boats, Najib, who is also Defence Minister, said in a statement here yesterday.
The MMEA, to be headed by a director-general appointed by the King, will be responsible for ensuring the security of the country’s maritime zone, and to protect the maritime interests of Malaysia and other countries.
Its functions and scope, which are placed under the Prime Minister’s Department and the responsibility of the deputy prime minister, cover enforcement of the maritime laws and regulations and peace at sea, search and rescue, and preventing and combating crime.
It will also assist in controlling pollution in the maritime areas, air and coastal surveillance as well as provide transportation services to the relevant agencies.
Najib said that for a start, the Government had approved 4,035 posts to meet the operational needs in five MMEA regions which would supervise 17 districts and nine bases.
The appointments of the agency staff would be made by the Public Services Commission and the compulsory retirement age was 56 except for those who had opted to retire at 55.
The new recruitment would be determined after the completion of the exchange of appointments which would take effect on July 1. – Bernama