SHAH ALAM: Sarawak Coast Guard (SCG) will be acquiring three large vessels to patrol its waters from Tanjung Datu in Lundu – next to the border of Indonesia – to Lawas – the border with Sabah. Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Tun Openg said in Miri on July 18 that the three large PV will complement the six Island class patrol vessels already in service with SCG.
Three of the Island class PV was commissioned into service on July 17 while three others were commissioned in November 2022. The first three vessels were put into service, some 19 months after SCG was stood up in April 2021.
According to Sarawak Public Works Department, the contract to build the 25 -meter vessels were awarded to Sarawak Slipways Sdn Bhd. From the pictures, the ships and crew are not armed, it appears. I stand to be corrected of course.
Borneo Post reported that Abang Johari as saying that the three large PV
will enable SCG to enable it to patrol further and longer from all eight marine national parks from Tanjung Datu to Lawas.
“These assets will complement the inadequacy of assets from other federal security agencies. We have eight marine parks that we need to secure – we are complementing the assets of other agencies and to secure our marine parks,” he said.
Touching on the six Island-class patrol boats, which measure 25-metres long and are equipped with waterjet technology, Abang Johari said it was the state’s significant initiative in line with the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030’s objective in enhancing coastal security control and preserving the environment.
Abang Johari also SCG which is under the Sarawak Security and Enforcement Unit (UPKS) will set up a new base in Sejingkat in Kuching, soon. He added that this will be followed by a base in Tanjung Manis, Bintulu and finally in Lawas.
“These are being managed by the Sarawak Public Works Department under the 12th Malaysian Plan,”
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