New Radar To Be Installed at Pulau Jarak

The government plans to build two more radar stations in the Straits of Melaka to increase surveillance and enforcement along the stretch of water.

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the two radar stations would be built in Pulau Jarak, Perak, and Pulau Perak, Kedah.

“Currently, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has nine radars in the Straits of Melaka which carry out surveillance and relay information to the agency’s vessels and patrol boats on other boats which raise suspicion.

“However, there are areas in the Melaka Straits that are not covered by the nine radars,” he said.

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Deluge Season 2013: Hardworking Cougars

The RMAF’s Ops Murni continues with its two EC725 AP Super Cougar CSAR helicopters had fly in 2,083 kg of food supplies to the victims in two separate flood evacuation centers in Pahang.

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Over 1,102 kg of reliefs being transported to an evacuation center in SMK Sungai Isap Murni where 4,000 victims are being located. Also part of the flight was the Mentri Besar of Pahang and a group of media workers.

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Another helicopter had flew to the Penor Prison and brought reliefs to be distributed to evacuation centers surrounding the area.

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As roads have been flooded and most places have been cut off, helicopters were used to transport these reliefs.

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Report: North Korea recalls ambassador to Malaysia

North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, a relative of leader Kim Jong-un, has been recalled just days after the young supremo’s uncle was apparently ousted in a leadership purge, according to a report.

The South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that it believed Kim’s uncle and political regent Jang Song Thaek had been removed and two associates executed.

Now Jang’s nephew Jang Yong Chol, the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, is believed to have been called back to Pyongyang, an intelligence source in Bejing told Yonhap news agency.

The ambassador’s wife and two sons were spotted on December 5 before boarding an Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang in China’s north-eastern city of Shenyang, Yonhap said, citing multiple witnesses.

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PM and DPM Monitor Flood Areas In Kuantan and Kemaman

As has been reported earlier, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has left the Umno general assembly in a hurry so he could visit flood victims in his home state of Pahang on December 5.

The Prime Minister took a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of the damage and visited three relief centres in Pekan and Rompin.

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Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrives in Kemaman to check the condition at the flooded areas and to visit relief centres.

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Deluge Season 2013: BOMBA Launches Ops Banjir

The Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA) has launched a large-scale Ops Banjir, mobilising more than 13,000 firemen nationwide to be deployed to flood-hit states, says director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.

“All leave for firemen has been frozen. Our personnel will be on duty on 24-hour shifts for flood operations,” he said.

The department is working closely with other agencies and departments in coordinating rescue efforts in Terengganu, Pahang, Johor and Kelantan.

Wan Mohd Nor said yesterday that the department had adequate logistics, including 500 boats, more than 130 lorries and seven helicopters nationwide.

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Its AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters have been very active over areas hit by this year’s flood. They had performed reconaissance flights over the areas in Mersing, Johor and Kuantan, Pahang as well as flying in the much needed food supplies in Kemaman, Terengganu.

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“We have already deployed five lorry-loads of personnel to Pahang,” he added.

Wan Mohd Nor also advised flood victims to follow evacuation orders issued by the authorities.

“Hesitation or delay in following such orders will jeopardise their safety.

“Please do not wait until the last minute to move to the evacuation centres,” he added.

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Japan’s Fighters Intercept Taiwan’s Civil Airliners

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) reveals that the country’s civilian flights are occasionally being intercepted by Japanese military aircraft within the two nations’ overlapping air space in the East China Sea.

The CAA told that Taiwan’s Flight Information Region (FIR) and Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) narrowly overlap in the East China Sea.

Since 2009, Japanese aviation authorities have demanded that Taiwanese airliners to submit their flight plans to Japan when traveling through the overlapping air zone.  However, despite having already identified themselves to Japanese authorities, some of these passengers planes are still intercepted by Japanese fighters in the overlapping zone.

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The Japanese military moves have caused grave concern within the CAA because such harassment is extremely dangerous to the safe flights of passenger aircraft.

According to the CAA, such incidents occurred at least twice in 2002 and 2009.

In both occasions, Japanese fighter jets used an emergency frequency to demand that Taiwanese civilian aircraft that passed through the air zone change their course.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s military training operations and patrols within the portion of its ADIZ which overlaps with China’s have not been affected by Beijing’s latest move.Over the past week, ROCAF has dispatched more than 30 fighter jet sorties to the part of Taiwan’s ADIZ that intersects with China’s newly designated zone. No Chinese aircraft had been detected in this overlapping zone since China’s announcement on the enforcement of its ADIZ.

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Nevertheless, in order to avoid escalating tensions in the region, Taiwan’s Armed Forces would not hold any exercise in the overlapping air zone but will continue to carry on patrols in the area.

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EC175 Vying For Asia’s O&G Market

High flyers and industry players will have a new option next year when the EC175 helicopter from Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd hits the market.

Declining to reveal the unit price of the rotorcraft, Eurocopter head of marketing operations Pierre-Olivier Mathian said he expects local demand to be healthy, which is why the Asia tour for the EC175 will start in Malaysia.

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“Next year, we will start by delivering five to 10 units of the EC175 helicopters worldwide, increase it to 20 per year after that, and then push the numbers up to 40 units per year worldwide,” said Mathian.

“We call the EC175 a heavy-medium craft as it weighs between four and 7.5 tonnes – depending on the configuration,” he explained.

Mathian said there are a lot of big-name customers in Malaysia, as well as buyers from the oil and gas (O&G) sector, adding that they prefer to own their own helicopers rather than lease them.

Next year, he said, the O&G sector will get the first delivery of the rotorcraft and, globally, two big-name customers have already booked their own EC175s.

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He also said the company has received a healthy number of orders from these parties.

In conjunction with the Asian tour which also include Thailand and Vietnam, an Oil & Gas Symposium was held by Eurocopter. These include demonstration flights conducted for the benefit of seasoned pilots from oil and gas support companies throughout Asia which include MHS Aviation, Awan Inspirasi and others.

Just like MHS Aviation, Awan Inspirasi is yet another significant operators of the EC 225 Super Puma Mk II helicopters in which the company had used to support oil and gas operations in East Malaysia.

Eurocopter brought in the EC175 unit for demonstration for operators in the civil, military, law enforcement and parapublic sectors. The EC175 could carry 16 passengers over a distance of 140 nautical miles, or 12 passengers over a distance of 200 nautical miles.

More on EC175 Asian Tour here

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Two More Tuhan Harun Members Arrested

The RMP has foiled more assassination attempts by the followers of the Tuhan Harun cult following the arrest of two men in Semporna, Sabah on December 2. The police continue to look for 8 other followers wanted for their connection in the murder of the Head Enforcement Officer of the Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP).

Nevertheless, the leader of the cult as well as 13 other followers have been arrested earlier following the investigation made by the police.

 

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Deluge Season 2013: MMEA and RMAF Aircraft Continue The Search For Missing Fishermen

The Prime Minister’s Department had sent two MMEA helicopters as well as six additional boats from the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) to assist the victims in Kuantan, Pahang, an area which is badly affected by the floods.

The MMEA helicopters were also deployed to assist SAR operations currently being conducted off Pekan, Pahang in search of two local fishermen that have went missing since November 30.

During the incident, three fishermen, Mohamad Sharil Zulkifli, 28, Mohamad Isa Awang Ngah, 48, and his son Mohamad Asri, 17 left the Sungai Merchong fishermen’s jetty on-board their fibre glass boat.

The fishermen’s families then had lodged police report as they had not returned to the jetty later in the afternoon. A SAR operation was initiated involving all of the authorities including the Marine Police, the BOMBA, the Civil Defence Department, the MMEA and the RMAF.

Two days, later, one of the missing fishermen,Mohamad Sharil Zulkifli was found alive but very weak at a beach near a resort in Rompin, Pahang. He is believed to have been drifting with his life jacket. The victim was sent to the Mersing Hospital in Johor for further treatment.

Despite the bad weather, SAR efforts are still on-going in search of the two other fishermen who had remained missing. Naval vessels deployed from the Tanjung Gelang Naval Base in Kuantan were also deployed.

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DISLITBANGAU Developes AIRTEP and Heli Basket

TNI-AU’s Air Force Office of Research and development (DISLITBANGAU) has recently conducted static and dynamic tests for two of its internally developed AIRTEP and Heli basket prototypes.

The locally developed Airborne Tactical Extraction Platform is meant for SpecOps while the Heli-Basket is meant SAR utilisation on-board the Air Force’s IAe NAS 330 Puma and IAe NAS332 Super Puma helicopters.

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With a weight of 35 kg, the AIRTEP is capable of carrying loads of 1500 kg and could be used for personnel and casualties evacuation in areas where helicopters could not land, mobilisation of equipment or personnel especially during rescue or assault operation conducted in mountainous, watery and urbanized environment.

The Heli-basket on the other hand is about 180 kg in weight and is capable of carrying 10 person.

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