6th September, 2012
SANDAKAN: The “1Malaysia Julang Jalur Gemilang” expedition 2012 from Sabah to Perlis will commence from Tawau this Friday.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TMB) officer, Azhar Ariffin, will be leading the expedition onboard the new prototype Belacak 37 boat built by joint collaboration between Sandakan Marine Police and him.
The team’s other destinations include Sandakan (Sep 8), Kota Kinabalu (Sep 9), Bintulu, Kuching, Sematan, Johor Baru, Port Klang, Penang before finishing in Kuala Perlis on Sep 15, Azhar disclosed during a press conference at the Sandakan Marine Police base on Wednesday.
“This is the third expedition which I will be leading after the 2009 and 2010 expeditions. We used a 7.4 meter long boat in our previous voyages but for this latest attempt, we are using the prototype Belacak 37 measuring 11.2 metres long built through collaboration with the Sandakan Marine Police and myself,” Azhar, who is attached to TMB Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, said.
Azhar said the main purpose of the expedition is to celebrate the 55th National Day and 49th Malaysia Day celebrations, adding that his team will be more focused on coastal communities, islanders and folks along rivers so that they too can experience the Merdeka month celebrations mood, apart from inculcating the spirit of patriotism.
He said the expedition team would be handing out the Jalur Gemilang to these folks.
The main objectives of the expedition are to serve as a platform to stir up the seafaring spirit of the marine police, a community policing and crime awareness programme; indicate the marine police’s patriotism in conjunction with Merdeka month; to raise public awareness on the duties and contemporary roles of the marine police; and to develop new generation marine police patrol boats through innovative and collaborative research and development.
Azhar said his three-man team would be joined by one senior marine police and five personnel for this year’s expedition. The marine police team is headed by his twin brother ASP Ahmad Ariffin attached to the marine police in Bukit Aman, who is the boat leader and includes Corporal Ainah Badean.
The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry is the expedition patron, he continued.
Meanwhile, Sandakan Marine Police commanding officer and Sabah Marine Police Club chairman ASP Gan Ping Sin said the expedition is jointly organised by Azhar and the Sabah Marine Police Club with TMB as the main sponsor.
“Corporal Ainah, a member of the marine police team participating in this expedition, is one of the first female officers to possess a Navigation and Cruise certificate,” Gan added.