Malaysia receives grand to improve maritime security measures
Malaysia has received from Japan a grant of $4.4 million to upgrade equipment for maritime security enhancement in Malaysian territorial waters and especially along the Straits of Malacca. Malaysia Sea Surveillance System, which the government started in 1996 to ensure navigation safety, environmental protection and maritime security in its waters is desperate for new equipment.
The grant will cover for the installation of a radio direction finder (RDF) to improve safety measures for traffic, search and rescue operations, and interception of communications by pirates and smugglers. It also includes electro-optronics system or laser cameras to help with long-range visual surveillance during the day and night.
Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary-General Rastam Mohd Isa and Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Masahiko Horie signed and exchanged the Notes For Grant Aid in Putrajaya, the administrative center of Malaysia on Friday, January 25, 2008, to upgrade the Malaysian Sea Surveillance System (MSSS) for the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and improve the overall sea surveillance in the Strait of Malacca and the Malaysian territorial waters. Masahiko said in his speech before the attendee:
The Straits of Malacca was one of the most important shipping lanes from the economic and strategic perspectives, carrying one-third of the world’s sea trade