Maritime security operations to be beefed up during Raya

(BRIEF CAPTION): MMEA Maritime 2 District director First Admiral Kamaruszaman Abu Hassan on 18th April 2016. Star pic by: CHAN BOON KAI/ The Star/(18th April 2016)

KOTA KINABALU: Maritime enforcers have beefed up patrols and will be increasing operations during this Hari Raya season.

Sabah Maritime director rear admiral Kamaruszaman Abu Hassan (pic) said this was to prevent crime, including smuggling and entry of illegal immigrants, during the festive season.

“We also want to make sure those who return to their hometowns via sea routes are safe,” he said in a statement here Monday (June 3).

He said in every department or unit statewide, 60% of the total workforce would be on duty while some 40% would be on Raya holiday.

“All our assets will be fully utilised during this season,” he added.

Kamaruszaman reminded all boat operators and passengers to prioritise safety when travelling, and to inform the authorities if they saw suspicious activities at sea.

Hari Raya falls on June 5 and 6 this year.

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