PORT SECURITY VS ECONOMIC GAIN: AN EXPOSITION OF THE MALAYSIAN PORT AND MARITIME SECURITY PRACTICE

Authors

  • Abdulkader O. Abdulrazaq LL.M (Ile-Ife, Nigeria), LL.B (Ilorin, Nigeria), BL, Lecturer, Department of Private and Property Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
  • Sharifah Zubaidah Syed Abdul Kader Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v21i2.104

Keywords:

Port, Maritime, Security, Economic Gain, pelabuhan, maritime, keselamatan, keuntungan ekonomi

Abstract

Seaports represent economic development and act as focal points in the global strategic environment. The economic contribution through seaports of Malaysia relies heavily on safe passage of merchant ships through the Straits of Malacca and at Malaysian ports. The economic advantages to the Malaysian government due to the presence of the surrounding sea are enormous. However, these economic advantages through the ports are not without their own challenges as ships that call to unload are vulnerable to shipment of dangerous cargo and weapons. The question is whether the government should enhance the monitoring of foreign ships that unload at Malaysian ports bringing enormous economic gains to Malaysia? This paper recommends that economic gain should not be given priority over port security as the former may not be capable of remedying the havoc that could result through negligence in the latter.


ABSTRAK

Pelabuhan melambangkan pembangunan ekonomi dan bertindak sebagai titik tumpu dalam persekitaran strategik sejagat. Sumbangan ekonomi melalui pelabuhan Malaysia bergantung harap kepada laluan selamat kapal-kapal dagang melalui Selat Melaka dan di pelabuhan-pelabuhan Malaysia. Kelebihan ekonomi kepada kerajaan Malaysia akibat dari kewujudan laut sekitar adalah amat besar. Walau bagaimanapun, kelebihan ekonomi melalui pelabuhan ini mempunyai cabaran yang tersendiri; memandangkan kapal yang berlabuh untuk memunggah barang muatan terdedah kepada penghantaran barangan dan senjata yang berbahaya. Persoalannya adalah sama ada pihak kerajaan perlu meningkatkan pemantauan terhadap kapal asing yang memunggah barang muatan di pelabuhan Malaysia dan membawa keuntungan ekonomi yang besar kepada Malaysia. Kertas ini mencadangkan bahawa keuntungan ekonomi tidak patut diberikan keutamaan berbanding dengan keselamatan pelabuhan memandangkan keuntungan ekonomi mungkin tidak mampu memperbetulkan kekacauan yang boleh terhasil akibat kecuaian dalam keselamatan pelabuhan.

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Abdulrazaq, A. O., & Zubaidah Syed Abdul Kader, S. (2014). PORT SECURITY VS ECONOMIC GAIN: AN EXPOSITION OF THE MALAYSIAN PORT AND MARITIME SECURITY PRACTICE. IIUM Law Journal, 21(2). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v21i2.104

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