JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will have two more remote sensor site (RSS) radars.
They will be placed at the Abu Bakar Maritime Base in Johor and Langkawi respectively.
MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som said there were currently 11 units of RSS radar throughout the country, three of which are in Johor.
“We will be installing more RSS radars along the coastline of the country in stages to enhance our surveillance and border control capabilities.
“During the first stage, one RSS will be installed in the Abu Bakar Maritime Base in Johor while another one will be in either Pulau Singa Besar or Tanjung Cincin in Langkawi, ” he said.
He said this to reporters after witnessing the handing over of duties ceremony between outgoing Johor MMEA director First Admiral Aminuddin Abdul Rashid and incoming state MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria.
He added that the next phases would involve the installation of the RSS radar in the east coast of the peninsula and Sarawak.
“We expect to complete all stages within 10 years, ” he said, adding that it would take about two to three years to complete each stage.
He added that the government had also approved allocation of about RM125mil to upgrade the existing 11 RSS radars.
On a separate matter, Admiral Mohd Zubil also warned all MMEA personnel that immediate and stern action would be taken against those found to be involved in criminal activity, including assisting in the entry of illegal immigrants.
“We will not compromise with any members of MMEA who are in cahoots with boat skippers who are bringing in illegal immigrants or involved in other illegal activity, including the smuggling of drugs.
“At the moment, we have not received any reports of such involvement but we will keep a
close eye on this and our intelligence will be on a look out, ” he said, adding that the public could also make a report if they came across such cases.
He added that the MMEA would interrogate its own personnel and officers if they received any information on their involvement in such activity.
“Even if it is just hearsay, we will call out the person in question and interrogate them as an early measure before further investigation and action, ” he said.
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