TCA ini­tia­tive boosts mar­itime se­cu­rity – com­man­der

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SAN­DAKAN: The Tri­lat­eral Co­op­er­a­tive Ar­range­ment (TCA) ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing Malaysia, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines will be­come an in­no­va­tive model in cre­at­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity ef­fec­tively.

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) com­man­der Ad­mi­ral Tan Sri Ah­mad Ka­marulza­man Ah­mad Badarud­din upon vis­it­ing the naval force in the Philip­pines and In­done­sia re­cently said all par­ties had agreed that the TCS ini­tia­tive had ef­fec­tively in­creased mar­itime se­cu­rity level in the wa­ters of the three coun­tries.

“They also told me that three other coun­tries in the North of the South China Sea are now study­ing to im­ple­ment the TCA ini­tia­tive.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the three coun­tries, which I will not name, is proof that our TCA ini­tia­tive has be­come the best and most cre­ative ef­fort in in­creas­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity in their re­spec­tive coun­tries,” he said.

He said this to re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion cer­e­mony held at Mohd Azim Hall, Ta­man Sa­mud­era here, yes­ter­day.

Also present was Com­man­der Naval Re­gion 2 (PANGWILLA 2) Rear Ad­mi­ral Dato Ganesh Navarat­nam.

Ah­mad also pointed out that the op­er­a­tion of two naval bases in Malaysia, Tun Shar­i­fah Rodziah Naval Base and Tun Az­izan Naval Base, that started sev­eral years ago, are still rel­e­vant in cre­at­ing a sense of se­cu­rity among the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He said the bases that were lo­cated in the sea had in­di­rectly curbed un­wanted threats as teams at the said bases would re­spond to signs of threats faster; to be com­pared to be­fore the bases were sta­tioned there.

“Cur­rently, the bases have proven to be ef­fec­tive. For me, the bases are still rel­e­vant and if pos­si­ble, we should see if we could in­crease such base in other lo­ca­tions.

“As of now, these two bases have at­tracted the at­ten­tion of navy forces in other coun­tries. For ex­am­ple, the Philip­pines, they have in­spected the bases’ op­er­a­tions which are dif­fer­ent as they are lo­cated in the mid­dle of the sea and are also well equipped with rel­e­vant as­sets,” he said.

Ear­lier, he said the Naval Re­gion 2 (MAWILLA 2) here was act­ing as a de­fence shield for the east coast of Sabah.

He said var­i­ous ef­forts and ini­tia­tive had been con­ducted by the Royal Malaysian Navy in driv­ing MAWILLA 2 to ex­cel­lence, es­pe­cially in en­sur­ing the mar­itime se­cu­rity and the safety of the east coast borders.

“This in­cludes the ad­di­tion of ships in MAWILLA 2 as well as the 15 to five trans­for­ma­tion pro­grammes. Other than that, the TCA ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Malaysia, In­done­sia and Philip­pines has also proven to create pos­i­tive im­pact to the mar­itime com­mu­nity at Eastern Sabah Se­cu­rity Zone (ESSZone).

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion is seen to have given con­fi­dence to the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially when it has brought strong se­cu­rity to the Sulu Sea and Su­lawesi Sea ar­eas,” he added.

The Naval Re­gion 2 of­fi­cers and per­son­nel dur­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion cer­e­mony held at Mohd Azim Hall, Ta­man Sa­mud­era.

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