PUTRAJAYA, Maritime Admiral Datuk Hamid Mohd Amin has been appointed as the new director-general of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), effective today.

Hamid, 59, who was previously MMEA deputy director-general of operations, takes over from Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som, who retired last March.

Hamid had served in the Royal Malaysian Navy for 23 years before being transferred to MMEA on Oct 31, 2005.

Throughout his career, he has held various positions, including the Chief of Staff of the Maritime Enforcement Division of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and director of MMEA Enforcement and Coordination Division in 2021 before he was appointed deputy director-general in March.

“He has extensive experience in carrying out maritime operations in the country’s waters, including the Melaka Strait, Sabah and Sarawak, to safeguard the nation from various threats, especially transboundary crimes,” MMEA said in a statement.

According to MMEA, Hamid had achieved numerous successes with the arrest and prosecution of high-profile cases such as human trafficking and contraband smuggling cases.

“It is believed that he will enhance the capabilities of MMEA personnel and assets in enforcement and search and rescue operations while strengthening strategic cooperation with local and foreign agencies,” it said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency