KUCHING: The newly launched Sarawak Coast Guard (SCG) strives to be agile, lean and rapid in its response, said State Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPN) director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung.
“We will operate with best operating practices using the doctrine of network centric operation based on data networking or intelligence through various sources,” he said today (April 7). at the launch of the coast guard at Kuching Waterfront here.
Dr Chai said SCG had received six interceptor boats and would receive nine high-speed patrol boats to be completed in stages from 2022 to 2023.
“With the acquisition of those assets, Sarawak Coast Guard is able to shoulder its responsibility and achieve its set objectives,” he said.
Dr Chai added the unit had obtained full cooperation of all friendly government agencies at the federal and state levels and in the private sector in the field of advice technical, logistical and training.
“In addition, port managements in Kuching, Tanjung Manis, Samalaju and Miri are ready to provide support facilities such as jetties and office space for supporting Sarawak Coastguard operations temporarily.
“This is while we are waiting for our permanent infrastructure to be completed under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP),” he said.
Dr Chai said Asia Slipway & Engineering company, the supplier of the interceptors used by SCG, had also completed the first boat three months ahead of schedule.
“On behalf of the State Security and Enforcement Unit, I promise to carry out the trust of the Sarawak government to perform our role in safeguarding the safety of fishermen, maritime natural resources and other interests to the best of our abilities,” he said.