By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Oct 8: The construction of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) base complex at Kampung Pulau Melayu here is expected to begin next year.
State MMEA director, First Admiral (Maritime) Robert Teh Geok Chuan, said construction is now waiting for the nod from the Home Ministry to commence.
“We are waiting for the ‘green light’ from the Ministry of Home Affairs, and hopefully the construction works could commence soon, next year,” he told reporters after launching Sarex Camar 2019 here, today.
Once completed, the complex would be the second MMEA base in Sarawak after the Tun Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex in Muara Tebas, Kuching.
The Sarex Camar 2019, taking place Oct 4-10, attracted some 150 participants from various government enforcement agencies, as well as oil and gas industry players including Shell and Petronas.
A field exercise programme facilitated by MMEA and involving all participating agencies will take place tomorrow (Oct 9). Two vessels from the agency would be involved in the drill.
“The exercise meant to train agencies involved to be ready for any offshore rescue operations. We want to make sure it is like clockwork (efficient, as planned) when it happens,” he said. — DayakDaily