23 Maret 2016
ESSCom has received 17 high-powered speedboats while another nine currently undergoing final assembly (photo : uesoman)
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- As of March 3, the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has received 17 high-powered speedboats while another nine, currently undergoing final assembly, are expected to be procured this month, according to the Prime Minister's Department (JPM).
In a written reply at the Dewan Rakyat, JPM said another 42 speedboats were expected to arrive between this month-end and late April, while the remaining 24 would be received in stages, no later than August-end.
"ESSCom has received an allocation of RM65.8 million for the procurement of 92 high-powered speedboats in 2015. Orders were made from June last year after conducting the technical evaluation.
"The 17 boats arrived in stages, beginning last September," said JPM in reply to a question from Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan) who wanted to know whether ESSCom's security personnel were being equipped with high-powered speedboats to carry out their duties effectively.
According to JPM, all speedboats had gone through the boat-building classification process conducted by both local and foreign ship classification bodies to ensure they met safety standards and hull integrity.