MSU serves as a complementary asset to the Malaysia Sea Surveillance System (SWASLA), currently under the purview of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Maritim Malaysia).
With its ability to provide maximum sensor coverage, MSU expands maritime coverage by displaying captured areas more accurately and in real-time, such as surface pictures, facilitating efficient patrol operations and search-and-rescue efforts.
The handover ceremony of the respective unit was witnessed by the Minister of Home Affairs, YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. The MSU handover was completed by the Chief Executive Officer of AMP Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd., Dato’ Sri Mustaffa Hj Abd. Rahman, to the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Datuk Haji Ruji Haji Ubi, and subsequently, the vehicle key was handed over by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Deputy Director-General (Logistics) who concurrently holds the position of Chief of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Rear Admiral (Maritime) Datuk Saiful Lizan Ibrahim.
Also present at the session were the Deputy Director-General (Operations), Rear Admiral (Maritime) Hamid Haji Mohd Amin, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Depository Agency (TDA), Dr. Sharoul Jambari.
For information, MSU is a system capable of detecting suspicious activities in inaccessible areas, known as “rat routes,” which were previously beyond the reach of SWASLA.
Therefore, it has been adapted to a four-wheeled drive vehicle to be utilized in all types of terrains and weather conditions. In addition, MSU is a mobile radar system capable of detecting any objects or images during search-and-rescue operations (CARILAMAT).Through its implementation, Maritim Malaysia hopes to expedite the detection of victims at sea, thereby reducing the loss of lives.
For the record, MSU is a local company development project resulting from the collaboration with Maritim Malaysia. Taking 12 months for construction, it is expected to assist Maritim Malaysia in reducing reliance on air and sea assets in preventing crimes such as illicit trade, drug smuggling, illegal fishing, and maritime pollution.