About Malaysia’s Piracy Tracking Efforts
In the first quarter of 2011, Malaysia experienced nine piracy confrontations, one of which was the takeover of a tugboat and barge near the coast of Tioman Island. Seven of these nine incidents involved the uninvited boarding of a vessel by armed robbers, and these hijackings, along with numerous attacks worldwide, have contributed to an all-time high in piracy attacks in the first quarter of a year.
Fortunately, Malaysia possesses qualities that make it a perfect site for an international maritime satellite tracking center to pursue piracy attacks. In April 2011, Harold Raveche, the President of Innovation Strategies International, a company that works with corporations, universities, and government agencies to help modernize their programs and promote entrepreneurship, stated that Malaysia already works with the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism and the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre. However, the country’s geographic setting and steady political climate make it a perfect host site for an international center that would provide satellite tracking data for piracy in the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Aden. Dr. Raveche believes that collaboration between international entities is vitally important in order to capture those who wish to traffic in drugs or human slaves, or those who capture maritime vessels for their own profit. New defense and intelligence technology, such as high-resolution satellite imaging and radar, can reveal important information in as little as one minute, while the current wait time for enforcement agencies to gain information on acts of piracy is about 30 minutes.
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