Women Maritime Involved In Operasi Daulat
April 17, 2013 00:12 AM
LAHAD DATU, April 16 (Bernama) -- When most of her friends are enjoying their lives doing ordinary things, the 22-year-old Nur Fatihah Che Hussin chose to do something extraordinary.
She opted to help defend the sovereignty of the country by participating in the operation to flush out armed terrorists in Sabah, dubbed 'Operasi Daulat'.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Junior Able Rate Maritime is one of the two female staff who joined the 50 crewmen onboard MMEA vessel KM Langkawi in the operation which was launched over a month ago.
Although her family did not fully supported her decision, Nur Fatihah was firm on taking part in the integrated operation involving the MMEA, Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Police.
"I know it was hard for my family to let me go, but this is my passion and I'm really proud that women are allowed to be involved in the operation," she told a group of reporters onboard KM Langkawi Tuesday.
Nur Fatihah was assigned to monitor the communication radar and the plot chart to ensure that there were no intrusion.
Earlier, the reporters were also taken onboard Royal Malaysian navy-owned vessel, KD Terengganu, in conjunction with Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zain's visit.
Zulkifeli spent about two hours on the vessel to motivate the crew to continue the operation and keep a close watch on Sabah waters.
KD Terengganu has been patrolling along the eastern Sabah waters since April 10 after taking over from KD Lekiu, which had carried out the task for over a month.