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WORKSHOP ON MARITIME SHARED AWARENESS V (MSA V) IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

DANIEL K. INOUYE ASIA-PACIFIC CENTRE FOR SECURITY STUDIES (DKI APCSS) 
29-31 July 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The fifth series in the above course was attended by participants from the National Security Council, Ministry of Defence Policy Division, Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysia CoastGuard and Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA). Capt.Martin was invited as facilitator for the Malaysian Delegation and Maritime Security expert to present on National Maritime Single Points of Contact (NMSPOC). The Malaysian Delegation comprised of Senior Level representatives for a 3 day Workshop and Junior level staff who stayed back for a 4 week Comprehensive Maritime Security Cooperation Course (CMSC). 

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Figure 1: Class Photo of the Staff and Participants

The 3 Day Workshop brought together ASEAN participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Vietnam. Participants from the US assisted DKI APCSS during the Workshop

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Figure 2: Capt. Martin as one of the Facilitators for the Workshop

Day 1 of the Workshop focused on Introduction to the linkage between the MSA V and CMSC. RADM (Ret) Pete Gumataotao, Director of DKI APCSS welcomed participants and gave an overview of the workshop. He took the opportunity to lay out the expectations for MSA V and hoped that participants will give their best. Facilitators for the respective country interacted with their teams on Integrating Tools and Platforms for Information Sharing. Capt.Martin Co-Chaired this session with En. Roselin, Director, Maritime Security and Sovereignty Division, National Security Council.

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Figure 3: Capt. Martin presenting on AMSPOC

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Figure 4: The Malaysian Delegation with Director of DKI APCSS (with yellow lanyard)

Day 2 of the Workshop saw Capt. Martin presenting on NMSPOC and sharing the concept for a region wide Shared Awareness through ASEAN, thereby proposing the ASEAN MSPOC (AMSPOC) through collaborative arrangements with existing NMSPOCs in ASEAN. He stressed for the need to focus on Maritime Law Enforcement as a start as this will not only address the required land-sea nexus to address transborder crimes, it will additionally assist countries to develop a focal point to engage with internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs, IGOs and Private Sectors.

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Figure 5: Facilitator and Team Engagements during MSA V

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Figure 6: Dr Alexander Vuving, Professor, College of Security Studies DKI APCSS, Coordinator of the MSA V Workshop taking a moment with the Malaysian Delegates

Day 3 of the Workshop was focused on Roadmap for Maritime Shared Awareness. Each delegation were to work with their country Facilitators to outline the guiding principles for a national action plan to enhance the country’s MSA. They were also to select the best direction and focus on project for the CMSC participants that will be staying on for the next 4 weeks. Malaysia delivered on the plan to develop the NMSPOC.

The MSA V Workshop was a good start to understand the needs for Malaysia and prepare for initiatives under the guidance of the National Security Council. A series of events are being planned back home to follow on from the MSA V workshop.

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Figure 7: An Appreciation from DKI APCSS

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