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MMEA: We would welcome ex-hostages into our ranks

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) would welcome the three ex-hostages of Abu Sayyaf into their ranks with open arms.

On Thursday, Fandy Bakran, 27, Mohd Jumadil Rahin, 24, and Mohd Ridzuan, 33, stated their interest in joining MMEA in a press conference at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s residence in Taman Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

The three men were rescued on Sunday night in an ongoing operation by the Philippine military against the militants in Jolo.

MMEA director-general Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said the three would be able to join the agency via the Public Services Commission or through the agency’s reservist unit.

“Their enlistment would be advantageous because they have expertise in ilmu laut (oceanography), are familiar with the eastern Sabah waters, communicating in the local language, and are also knowledgeable of weather conditions and the ins and outs of waterways.

“MMEA believes that these three men would be able to contribute greatly in maritime enforcement operations, and bring certain aspects to the job that would benefit the country and people,” Ahmad Puzi said in a statement.

He added that the MMEA would ensure all follow-up action on their recruitment would be carried out immediately.

He also visited the three at Hospital Selayang on Thursday afternoon to verify their intentions of joining.

In a video provided by the MMEA, Ahmad Puzi is seen talking to the men in their hospital ward.

“Thank you. And welcome to the MMEA,” he tells the three, who look visibly delighted, in the video.-thestar

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