Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia
Abbreviation MMEA / APMM

Logo of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Flag of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Motto Mengawal Melindung Menyelamat
Guard Protect Save
Agency overview
Formed 15 February 2005–present
Employees 7,000 Officers
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
Legal jurisdiction Malaysian Maritime Zone
Governing body Government of Malaysia
Constituting instrument Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Act 2004 [Act 633]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Federal Government Administrative Centre Putrajaya
Agency executive Laksamana Maritim Dato' Sri Hj Ahmad Puzi bin Hj Ab Kahar, Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement
Parent agency Prime Minister's Department
Helicopters Aérospatiale AS 365 Dauphin; AgustaWestland AW139
Amphibious Aircraft Bombardier 415

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Malay: Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia), abbreviated APMM, MMEA or also known as Malaysian Coast Guard, is the principal government agency tasked with maintaining law and order and coordinating search and rescue operations in the Malaysian Maritime Zone and on the high seas. It is in effect the coast guard of Malaysia. The Agency is not part of nor are there any plans for it be integrated into the Malaysian Armed Forces. The Agency and its members are part of the Malaysian Federal Civil Agency and report directly to the Prime Minister's Department.


The history of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency began with the report on the Feasibility Study on the Establishment of Malaysian Coastguard conducted by National Security Council, Prime Minister's Department. The findings of the report was agreed to by the Government and a Nucleus Team led by Ducktuk Abu Talib bin Haji Harun, was created with the objective of organising the creation of the Agency. The Agency was formally established with the enactment of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Act 2004 (Act 633) by the Malaysian Parliament in May 2004. Subsequently, the Act received the Royal Assent from the Yang Di Pertuan Agong on 25 June 2004 and was gazetted on 1 July of the same year. On 15 February 2005, the Act came into force. The Agency achieved operational status on 30 November 2005 with the commencement of patrols by MMEA vessels. The agency maintains close ties with the United States and Japanese coast guards. The agency carries out law enforcement work during peace time.


Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement

A Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement appointed by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong (King) on the advice of the Prime Minister under Section 4(1) of the Act is responsible for the operational direction, command, control and supervision of the Agency. Administratively, the Director General reports directly to the Chief Secretary to the Government. By virtue of his office, he is also the head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Service. The Director General is assisted by three Deputy Directors General, each responsible for Management, Operations and Logistics. The post is an open one enabling any civil, military or police officer to be appointed to the post. For the purposes of discipline, the Director General is considered to be a member of the general public service of the Federation under Section 4(4). At present the Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement is Admiral Datuk Ahmad Fuzi bin Ab Kahar MMEA, former Deputy Directors General of Operations .

Officers and other ranks

The officers and other ranks of the MMEA are appointed by the Public Service Commission as Maritime Enforcement Service officers under Section 5(1) of the Act and are considered civil servants under the Malaysian Civil Service. The Agency also consists of officers and staff from various other Services such as the Administrative and Diplomatic Service, Judicial and Legal Service, Information System Service and others. These personnel are primarily involved in matters of administration, finance, procurement, human resource management, legal affairs and prosecution, and information technology. With the exception of the Director, all other MMEA officers are not commissioned by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong (King). This means that Malaysian armed forces personnel may not give an honour salute to MMEA officers.


The headquarters of the Agency is situated at One IOI Square, IOI Resort, Putrajaya, close to the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The Agency HQ was formerly based in Cyberjaya before it shifted to the present address in April 2006.


Malaysia Maritime exercises with US Coast Guard.

The Akademi Maritim Sultan Ahmad Shah (AMSAS) or Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Academy is a coast guard academy. It is located at Gebeng near Kuantan, Pahang.

Operational areas

Members of MMEA during the 2013 Merdeka Day Parade in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The operational area of the Agency is the Malaysian Maritime Zone which is divided into 5 Maritime Regions consisting of 18 Maritime Districts.

Zon Maritim Semenanjung

Zon Maritim Sabah Sarawak

RegionOperational AreaRegional Headquarters
Northern Peninsular Maritime RegionLangkawi Island-Bernam RiverLangkawi, Kedah
DistrictOperational AreaHeadquarters
Maritime District 1Langkawi Island-Kuala MudaBukit Malut, Langkawi
Maritime District 2Kuala Muda-Parit BuntarBatu Uban, Penang
Maritime District 3Parit Buntar-Bernam RiverLumut, Perak
RegionOperational AreaRegional Headquarters
Southern Peninsular Maritime RegionBernam River-EndauJohor Bahru, Johor
DistrictOperational AreaHeadquarters
Maritime District 4Bernam River-SepangPort Klang, Selangor
Maritime District 5Sepang-Kuala KesangLinggi, Melaka
Maritime District 6Kuala Kesang-Johor CausewayJohor Bahru, Johor
Maritime District 7Johore Causeway-EndauTanjung Sedili, Johor
RegionOperational AreaRegional Headquarters
Eastern Peninsular Maritime RegionEndau-TumpatKuantan, Pahang
DistrictOperational AreaHeadquarters
Maritime District 8Endau-Tanjung GeligaKuantan, Pahang
Maritime District 9Tanjung Geliga-BesutKuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Maritime District 10Besut-TumpatTok Bali, Kelantan
RegionOperational AreaRegional Headquarters
Sarawak Maritime RegionTanjung Datu-Tanjung BaramKuching, Sarawak
DistrictOperational AreaHeadquarters
Maritime District 11Tanjung Datu-IganKuching, Sarawak
Maritime District 12Igan-Tanjung PayongBintulu, Sarawak
Maritime District 13Tanjung Payong-Tanjung BaramMiri, Sarawak
RegionOperational AreaRegional Headquarters
Sabah Maritime RegionTanjung Baram-Pulau SebatikKota Kinabalu, Sabah
DistrictOperational AreaHeadquarters
Maritime District 14Tanjung Baram-Kuala PenyuLabuan
Maritime District 15Kuala Penyu-Kampung MendawangKota Kinabalu, Sabah
Maritime District 16Kampung Mendawang-BeluranKudat, Sabah
Maritime District 17Beluran-KunakSandakan, Sabah
Maritime District 18Kunak-Pulau SebatikTawau, Sabah


Ranks for officers and other ranks in the Agency are derived from the Royal Malaysian Navy. Officer and Warrant Officer insignia are similar to that of their naval counterparts. Chevrons are used to denote the ranks of Chief Petty Officer and below.

Insignia Rank Maritime Enforcement Service GradeEquivalent Civil Service GradeEquivalent Army/Malaysian Air Force Rank
Rear Admiral Maritime / Malay: Laksamana Muda MaritimPremier Grade CPremier Grade CMajor General
First Admiral Maritime / Malay: Laksamana Pertama MaritimX26Grade 54Brigadier General
No ImageNo EquivalentNo EquivalentGrade 54No Equivalent
Captain Maritime / Malay: Kapten MaritimX24Grade 52Colonel
Commander Maritime / Malay: Komander MaritimX22Grade 48Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Commander Maritime / Malay: Leftenan Komander MaritimX20Grade 46AMajor
Lieutenant Maritime / Malay: Leftenan MaritimX17/X18Grade 41Captain
Sub Lieutenant Maritime / Malay: Leftenan Madya MaritimX16Grade 32Lieutenant
Acting Sub Lieutenant Maritime / Malay: Leftenan Muda MaritimX13Grade 27Second Lieutenant
Warrant Officer I Maritime / Malay: Pegawai Waran I MaritimX12Grade 26Warrant Officer I
Warrant Officer II Maritime / Malay: Pegawai Waran II MaritimX10Grade 22Warrant Officer II
Chief Petty Officer Maritime / Malay: Bintara Kanan MaritimX8Grade 20Staff Sergeant
Petty Officer Maritime / Malay: Bintara Muda MaritimX6Grade 20Sergeant
Leading Rate Maritime / Malay: Laskar Kanan MaritimX4Grade 20Corporal
Able Rate Maritime / Malay: Laskar Kelas I MaritimX2Grade 17Lance Corporal
Junior Able Rate Maritime / Malay: Laskar Kelas II MaritimX1Grade 17Junior Lance Corporal

Special forces

The MMEA currently have their own Special Forces unit. Called the STAR (Special Task And Rescue). It is composed of members from the Royal Malaysian Air Force's PASKAU and Royal Malaysian Navy's PASKAL. Their task is to do hostage rescue works in shallow waters that are under MMEA's power. They are also tasked to do anti-terrorist actions in Malaysian waters alongside the Malaysian Navy. The STAR team are considerably well trained as the members are taken from (Royal Malaysian Air Force) and the Royal Malaysian Navy Special Forces.

On 2 July 2009, the first batch of fresh commando units graduated from Basic Commando Selection alongside the Royal Malaysian Airforce SFs, PASKAU. They were given American Styled ACUs (Army Combat Uniform), blue PASKAU berets and also the Malaysian Army Zebra Woodland Camouflage uniform.

Malaysian maritime zone

Ship Halilintar 8, maintaining safety during Regatta Lepa in Semporna, Sabah.

Internal waters and territorial sea

Contiguous zone

Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Continental shelf

Strength and equipment


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