KOTA KINABALU: Almost all maritime officials in Sabah have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, says Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sabah and Labuan director Datuk Mohd Rosli Abdullah.
He said in a statement on Thursday (July 29) that some 85% of MMEA officials have been fully vaccinated while the rest are waiting for their turn.
He said the vaccination rate makes MMEA officials feel safer and more confident when dealing with security threats during the pandemic.
“As we know, marine officials deal with criminals at sea and are at risk of getting infected with Covid-19,” Rosli said.
He added that operations at sea also put them at risk of getting infected.
“Our officials are also involved in assisting health officials conduct vaccination for coastal villagers and ferrying medical officials to send vaccine supplies, among others,” he added.
Rosli said with most of their personnel and officials vaccinated, they are able to carry out their duties with greater efficiency and confidence.
“We will continue to conduct patrols and operations against crimes at sea for the safety of all,” he said.
He also urged the public to continue helping security officials including MMEA personnel to keep Sabah safe by reporting any suspicious or criminal activities in their areas.