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Putting together Indonesia's national coast guard

  • Gilang Kembara

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27 2020   /  01:51 am
In hot water: A flotilla of vessels belonging to the Maritime Security Agency takes part in a sail pass in the waters off the Natuna Islands in Riau Islands. Indonesia is stepping up patrols in the waters following a series of incidents involving Chinese fishing vessels. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

In hot water: A flotilla of vessels belonging to the Maritime Security Agency takes part in a sail pass in the waters off the Natuna Islands in Riau Islands. Indonesia is stepping up patrols in the waters following a series of incidents involving Chinese fishing vessels. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)As the world’s largest archipelagic state, Indonesia is in an ironic position in that it doesn’t have a national coast guard to help enforce the law in our maritime territory. Nevertheless, this is expected to change in the near future as Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently told the press that the government would merge all maritime security agencies into the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) as the sole national coast guard. Furthermore, Mahfud MD, the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, has begun discussions about drafti...