PASIR GUDANG: The country's Region Two Marine Operations Force (MOF) and the Singapore Police Coast Guard (SPCG) will increase cooperation to ensure the safety of both countries' territorial waters.
Region Two MOF is responsible for maritime security in the southern region. Its commander, Assistant Commissioner Zainul Abidin Hasan, said they had agreed to hold joint patrols every month.
"MOF and SPCG personnel will meet at two pre-fixed rendezvous (RV) points before patrolling the maritime borders of our countries," he said at a recent buka puasa.
Zainul said the RV points had been identified as near the waters of Selat Nenas and the Second Link in Gelang Patah.
He said the agencies would hold discussions and share information.
The buka puasa, which involved MOF and SPCG representatives, and 20 media personnel was the first of its kind to be held between Malaysia and Singapore.
The SPCG was represented by eight officers and personnel, led by Assistant Commissioner Hsu Sin Yun.
Hsu said SPCG welcomed the cooperation extended by MOF and hoped that both parties would benefit from it.
"We appreciate the cooperation as it would make it easier for both parties to communicate with each other. Before this, communication was via telephone, which was not practical." Ben Tan