KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia has invited Myanmar to be an observer in the Melaka Strait Patrols (MSP) initiative to combat piracy in the busy strait.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein said the MSP was a coordination of marine and air patrols between the littoral states to combat the threat.
“The move will hopefully help Myanmar further develop its knowledge of maritime security, as well as enhance the existing MSP cooperation,” he told a press conference in conjunction with the visit of the Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu to Wisma Perwira Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (Malaysian Armed Forces headquarters) yesterday.
Hishammuddin said he had informed Indonesia of Malaysia’s offer to Myanmar to be an observer in the MSP.
The MSP which was launched on April 21, 2006, comprises the Melaka Strait Sea Patrol (MSSP), Eyes in the Sky (EiS) and the MSP Intelligence Exchange Group (MSP IEG). So far, only four nations are involved in the MSP – Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.