Putrajaya Committed To Stronger MMEA Presence In ESSZone Waters

An MMEA patrol boat seen off waters in Semporna.
An MMEA patrol boat seen off waters in Semporna.

SANDAKAN – The federal government will continue to boost the presence of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in the waters of Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

MMEA director-general Admiral Maritime Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said this was proven with the establishment of the Sandakan Maritime (DM 17) office building to ensure more effective search and rescue operations in the waters here.

He said the five-storey building constructed at a cost of RM40 million was already fully utilised since January this year.

“The construction of the DM 17 office is a testimony of the commitment of the federal and state governments to strengthen the capability of MMEA as an enforcement and security agency,” he said at the opening ceremony of the DM 17 office by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah here, Thursday.

Ahmad Puzi hoped more office buildings, jetties and other facilities would be built in the state after this to replace rented offices and jetties used by the agency currently.