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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sarawak’s own coastguard gets under way


Sarawak Coastguard unit has a catamaran vessel SC Tanjung Datu and six interceptor boats. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Sarawak’s own coastguard unit was launched today to ensure the safety of fishermen and protect marine natural resources, as well as the Marine Park which covers 1.2 million hectares.

The Sarawak state government had earlier allocated RM90 million in the 2020 budget for the purchase of assets to be deployed by the Sarawak Coastguard.

The unit has acquired its first vessel, SC Tanjung Datu, a catamaran, and six interceptor boats, which were received at the end of last year. Nine fast patrol boats are expected to be delivered in stages in 2022 and 2023.

Chief minister Abang Johari Openg said the assets belonging to the team were also suitable for use to help the people during major floods and search and rescue operations.

He said the coastguards would also be working with other state or federal enforcement agencies to protect the state’s waters.

“The unit was also set up to create a safe environment and to attract foreign investors in efforts to bring development to Sarawak and in achieving the target of becoming a developed state by 2030,” he added.

The Sarawak Coastguard unit will be operating from five bases which will be located in Kuching, Tanjung Manis, Bintulu, Miri and Lawas. - FMT

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