MMEA: No com­pro­mise on er­rant of­fi­cers

New Straits Times - - News -

TUMPAT: The Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) will come down hard on its of­fi­cers and staff should they be found to be in­volved in cor­rup­tion and abuse of power.

Its di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Ad­mi­ral Datuk Seri Ah­mad Puzi Ab Ka­har, said the agency would not com­pro­mise on the is­sue as it could jeop­ar­dise na­tional se­cu­rity and the well-be­ing of the peo­ple and the coun­try.

“So far, none of our peo­ple have been de­tained for such cases.

“How­ever, we are on the alert and we will take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures when­ever there are pos­si­bil­i­ties that such things may hap­pen,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Puzi said the agency would not pro­tect any­one in­volved in such ac­tiv­i­ties and this was a stand con­sis­tent with that of the gov­ern­ment’s.

Puzi said one method MMEA was us­ing to curb mis­deeds was to have its of­fi­cers and per­son­nel de­clare their as­sets from time to time, and not merely at the pro­scribed five-year in­ter­val.

Any staff who is be­lieved to be liv­ing be­yond his or her means would be in­ves­ti­gated.

Puzi said the agency’s per­son­nel were trans­ferred pe­ri­od­i­cally as to pre­vent the pos­si­bil­ity of them get­ting too close to “any in­ter­ested par­ties”.

On al­le­ga­tions that en­force­ment per­son­nel who might be on the take had con­trib­uted to the al­legedly large num­ber of for­eign ves­sels en­croach­ing the coun­try’s wa­ters, Puzi said agen­cies could not take up im­me­di­ate en­force­ment when there were re­ports of en­croach­ment as Malaysian ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters were vast and the in­for­ma­tion was usu­ally re­ceived late.

On an­other mat­ter, Puzi said MMEA had spent RM100 mil­lion on search-and-res­cue (SAR) op­er­a­tions since its for­ma­tion in 2006.

He said the cost was high as SAR op­er­a­tions in­volved the use of ves­sels and air­craft.

MOHD NOOR PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM

Pu­tra­jaya Hold­ings Sdn Bhd chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Azlan Ab­dul Karim (fifth from right) with Flora Rosa buy­ers, and Selfie and We­fie Chal­lenge con­test win­ners in Pu­tra­jaya.

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