Sabah, Sarawak Civil Defence To Be First To Have Sea Unit This Year

Sea Unit will act as the first responder if there is emergency in the (territorial) waters before other agencies arrive.
For illustration only: The proposed Sea Unit will be the first to respond if there is emergency in the (territorial) waters before other agencies arrive.

MIRI – The Sabah and Sarawak Malaysian Civil Defence Force (MCDF) will be the first to have their respective sea units early this year, to assist in maintaining the security of the country’s waters and in joining search and rescue (SAR) operations.

Its chief commissioner, Major Gen (Rtd) Datuk Azmy Yahya said the MCDF Sea Unit would not be a law enforcement body but would report to other agencies like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), should there be suspicious activities in Malaysia’s territorial waters and coastal areas.

“The MCDF Sea Unit will act as the first responder if there is emergency in the (territorial) waters before other agencies arrive at the location. We will launch the unit soon,” he said.

Azmy was speaking to reporters after receiving two MMEA vessels from MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar here Saturday.

“For a start, a total of 1,000 personnel of the unit comprising fishermen had been trained in emergency drill and SAR operations,” he said.