Sarawak Coastguard operates with latest interceptor crafts, Premier refutes outdated boat claims

Abang Johari (center) speaking to reporters during a press conference. Also seen in the photo are Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr. Sim Kui Hian (right), director of Sarawak's Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPN) Dr Chai Khin Chung and the others.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Sept 26: The Sarawak Coastguard (SCG) has been operating with the latest interceptor crafts, contrary to the claims of some quarters.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said currently, three units of latest interceptor boats are in operation and three more under construction.

According to Abang Johari, SCG has the latest edition of interceptor boats.

“Which boat did the complainant see? It could be other people’s boat. We have six P-class interceptor boat,” he told a press conference after the launching ceremony of Immune Belt Enforcement Team (IBET) held at Celebration Square in Petra Jaya, here today.

He was responding to claims purportedly made by certain quarters that the boats used by SGC were outdated.

Abang Johari emphasised that SCG is an important asset to protect Sarawak waters from invasive fisherman.

He said the 18,000 artificial reefs deployed by Sarawak government along 1,000 kilometre of State waters will increase and preserve marine life throughout the State waters.

“This will attracted more encroachment from foreign vessels who want to catch fish in State waters, of which SCG will act to ensure the safety of fishermen and protect marine natural resources in Sarawak,” he added. – DayakDaily.