Friday, 22 January 2016

Security agencies urged to improve intelligence gathering

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19: While co-operation with all security agencies patrolling Malaysian waters is ongoing, there is a need to improve on intelligence gathering, said Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Laksamana Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin.

“Information sharing and patrols must also be done effectively,” he told reporters during a courtesy call from the Pakistan Navy chief of Naval Staff Adm Muhammad Zakaullah at Wisma Pertahanan recently.

He added that there were enough assets patrolling the waters off Sa­­bah following the attack in Jakarta recently.

“We just need to ensure that all security agencies involved conduct unified patrol effectively,” he said.

During the visit from his Pakistani counterpart, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two parties.

Laksamana Ahmad Kamarulza­man said the MoU would help foster closer ties and eliminate red-tape in order to cooperate on joint exerci­ses, training and future visits of navy vessels to Malaysia and Pakistan.

He said defence diplomacy was an important aspect of the navy.

“We are doing a lot in terms of engagement with the navies of other countries.

“It is very important to be able to make sure our stakeholders (the people and international community) believe in what we are doing,” he said.

Adm Muhammad Zakaullah said they would be discussing many issues of mutual interest. (The Star)

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