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Boost Intelligence Sharing To Face Militants In National Waters – RMN Chief

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KUALA LUMPUR: Cooperation in intelligence work among the security agencies protecting the national waters must be boosted against militant threats, especially from the Daesh group.

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief, Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said all the agencies responsible must share intelligence if they detected any intrusion in the national waters.

“Other agencies like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) often share information on threats detected in the waters under their jurisdiction.

“Such cooperation, if boosted, can prevent intrusions for terrorist activities which are increasingly worrying,” he told a news conference at the Defence Ministry, here, today.

He said the cooperation of the agencies in patrolling the national waters must also be implemented in a more integrated manner.

On security in the waters of Sabah, Ahmad Kamarulzaman said nine ships had been mobilised to boost security in the area.

He said four RMN vessels, a ship equipped with a helipad and two special sea teams had been placed at the Tun Azizan Auxiliary Ship while four CB90 patrol ships operated on a 24-hour basis.

Touching the increase of assets, he said the existing RMN assets were adequate for operations in the nation’s waters.

Earlier, Ahmad Kamarulzaman received a courtesy call from Pakistan Navy chief, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at his office.

Ahmad Kamarulzaman said the first time, five-day visit by the Pakistan delegation, was to foster ties between RMN and the Pakistan Navy to boost defence diplomacy.

— BERNAMA

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