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MESSAGE FROM THE DG…

dg mima2We have just ushered in 2019 and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! 2018 was a challenging and interesting year not only for MIMA but for the country as a whole where there was a peaceful transition to a new government in early May.  With its limited manpower and tight budget, MIMA was able to continue to successfully provide valuable and informed advice to our stakeholders and other maritime agencies nationwide.

Our New Business Model in handling maritime issues has enabled us to attract funds for events, activities, seminars, and conferences, and I would like to thank our stakeholders and collaborators for giving us their trust and confidence in MIMA’s endeavours. MIMA looks forward to your continuous support and will ensure that we will always provide informed advices accordingly.

MIMA collaborated with several local and international stakeholders in exploring maritime economic, environmental, and security issues in the region especially those relating to the Sulu Sulawesi Sea, South China Sea, and the Straits of Malacca. At the same time the institute conducted confidence-building seminars and workshops for our stakeholders and international partners.

Malaysia has been reported to be eighth among the top 10 ocean polluters, namely China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt, Nigeria, and Bangladesh. This conveys the message that ocean pollution is not a single-country issue. It requires a holistic approach and where inadequate and weak management of waste will lead to increased contamination of the ecological and the marine environments. Reducing marine pollution is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 14.  MIMA has established a clean-coast index (CCI) to serve as a tool to evaluate the actual cleanliness of our coastal areas. This was adopted recently for monitoring purposes by the Selangor State Government in line with the national Roadmap towards Zero Single-Use Plastics 2018-2020. MIMA will be working actively on the issue to provide feasible recommendations to support further the implementation of this roadmap.

MIMA would like to thank three of our staff members who have left us for greener pastures. Datin Sharina bt Shaukat, Senior Fellow of OLAP, Amy Ai Sheau Ye and Mok Lay Yong both senior researchers also from OLAP for their services during their tenure in MIMA and we wish them the best in their future undertakings. Our loss is the industry’s gain. This means there are opportunities open now in MIMA to fill this vacuum.

For 2019, MIMA has been given an important role to organise the International Conference on Straits of Malacca during the LIMA 2019 Exhibition in March. Beside this conference MIMA will explore new challenges in the maritime realm where we could effect changes and enhance governance issues that have been highlighted to us by our stakeholders. We hope to contribute significantly to the 6 pillars of the Malaysia Shipping Master Plan 2017-2022. The marine environment, transportation, port management, overlapping maritime boundaries, safety, and maritime security aspects will be also explored and given due consideration as well.

The conferences, seminars and workshops planned this year will be a continuation of our efforts to build confidence and provide avenues for networking for all maritime agencies and stakeholders both locally and internationally in making the region safe and secure for lasting and sustainable economic development.

Once again MIMA looks forward to your continuous support and may 2019 be a better year than the past few years.

- First Admiral (Retired) Dato' Chin Yoon Chin
  Director General

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