Heightened maritime security has caused drop in piracy: MMEA

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 16:00

Kuala Lumpur: Heightened maritime security
along the Straits of Malacca has seen a drop in piracy over
the last two years, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
official has said.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Director
General Mohd Amdan Kurish noted that only one case was
reported so far this year compared to three and 12 cases
recorded last year and in 2007, respectively

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Kurish attributed the drop in piracy to improved security
in the Straits due to the increased patrols and surveillance
by multinational maritime force under the Malacca Straits Sea
Patrol.

"We plan to establish closer cooperation by focusing on
security zones that are under surveillance within our
respective waters," he told reporters yesterday in Malacca.

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines were set to
expand cooperation to coordinate sea and aerial surveillance,
he added.

The cooperation between the maritime enforcement agencies
of the three countries would include exchange of information
and joint efforts to deal with transnational crimes and other
maritime threats.

"Such an approach is vital as the maritime boundaries
cover a large area that include exclusive economic zones,
fishing zones and air space," Kurish said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 16:00

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