LANGKAWI – The Friends of Maritime (RAKAM) 2.0 programme launched in March has given positive impact on the maritime community’s perception and security in Malaysia’s territorial waters.
Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Chief, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the programme had instilled a sense of awareness, particularly among fishermen, boat operators and oil rig workers on their responsibility to disseminate information on the security of the country’s waters.
“This will help the security forces to acquire accurate and instant information to facilitate immediate action,” he told the press after conducting a review of operations in the waters north of the Melaka Strait and attending a break of fasting event on board the KD Jerai vessel here yesterday.
He said the RAKAM 2.0 initiative stressed on the important role of the maritime community which acted as the watchdog of the authorities in expediting the relay of information in assisting the security forces.
Ahmad Kamarulzaman also emphasised that the responsibility to guarding the territorial waters should be shared together.
“We (RMN) want the maritime community to be aware that they are not alone in their fight against threats at sea as RMN is always available to provide assistance,” he said.
Commenting on patrol exercises and the security of the country’s shores throughout Ramadan and Aidilfitri, he said it was RMN’s responsibility to ensure its protection from threats. – BERNAMA