Interceptor boats to patrol Sarawak waters

The SCG boat in an interception demonstration with a foreign vessel. Photo: UKAS

KUCHING: Interceptor boats manned by the Sarawak Coast Guard (SCG) will be protecting the state’s waters starting this year, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The state government has allocated RM90 million to buy assets for SCG tabled in the 2020 State Budget on Nov 4, 2019.

“Today, we have one catamaran and six interceptor boats powered by 1,050 horsepower engines.

“Beginning this year, we will see these six boats operating in Sarawak waters to protect our fishermen as well as our maritime resources,” he said when officiating at SCG’s launch at Kuching Waterfront today.

Abang Johari said the state government was now in the process of building a number of high speed patrol boats for SCG.

“This is implemented through open tender by the authorities. The state government is concerned about the prosperity of our fishermen.

“With the establishment of SCG, it shows that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak state government is prioritising the interest of the people.”

He said the SCG assets would also be deployed during natural disasters.

“SCG will also complement and work together with other enforcement agencies under the state or federal governments.

“The establishment of SCG is also an initiative of the state government to create a secure climate to enable and attract foreign investors to transform Sarawak towards being a developed state by 2030.”