SHAH ALAM: MMEA and ESSCOM officially under Home Ministry. The Attorney’s General Chambers on Jan. 22 published the Ministers of the Federal Government Order 2019, which listed the people appointed as Federal ministers by the King and their deputies, ministries, departments, agencies and laws under their responsibilities.
According to the gazette, the responsibilities of the ministers and deputies to the ministries and agencies were effective on the day of their appointments to the post. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad (appointed as the Prime Minister on May 10, 2018), deputy, ministers and deputies are responsible for the Prime Minister’s Department and agencies under the department.
MMEA and ESSCOM were both previously been under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department since their inception in 2004 and 2014, respectively, now come under the Home Ministry with Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (appointed to the post on May 21, 2018 and deputy minister, Aziz Jamman (July 2, 2018). As Muhyiddin was made the Home Minister on July 21, 2018, this means MMEA and ESSCOM”s transfer to the ministry became effective on that date as stated by the gazette.
The government had announced its intention to transfer MMEA and ESSCOM to the Home Ministry shortly after the appointment of Muhyiddin as Home Minister as part of its shakeup of the administration. This was reflected in the 2019 budget where allocations for both ministries came under the Home Ministry. It became official with the publication of the gazette.
Other departments under the Home Ministry according to the gazette are the police, RELA, AKSEM (the border enforcement agency), registration, immigration, prisons and the national anti-narcotics agency. The ministry and its agencies and departments are responsible for the enforcement of some 40 laws.
It is not known yet whether the ministry will work to integrate both the MMEA and the marine police into a single maritime enforcement agency. The government had the opportunity to do just that back in 2000 (when Tun was the fourth PM) but it failed to do so. So the chance of the merger of both remained highly unlikely.
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