KUALA LUMPUR: A special Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs maritime taskforce will be set up by 2010.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said that enforcement department hopes to have its own maritime branch in battling smuggling activities.
"We've already started joint training and patrolling with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) starting this month," he said in a speech at the 35th Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Enforcement Department gala dinner at the Legend Hotel Wednesday.
He said that he hoped by next year, the enforcement department would be able to rent ships to conduct exercises and by 2010 to have its own fleet of patrol boats.
Other plans for the enforcement department include a canine team following the success of Labrador sniffers Lucky and Flo in battling optical disc piracy, a Forensic Team, and also a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine branch.