Published on: Thursday, July 17, 2014
LAHAD Datu Assemblyman Datuk Yusop Apdal Wednesday called for an immediate ban on the use of pump boats in the East Coast.
He said this would be timely because pump boats have been frequently used for cross border smuggling activities, fish bombing, human trafficking and marine crimes.
"The pump boat is a small-sized boat that is very easy to handle even by young people. It can move easily even in shallow water and mangrove forests and it is not difficult to hide the boat because it can be carried and kept in the house.
"Hence, I believe that we should not be tolerant over the use of pump boats in the State including by our local fishermen although they use it for daily routines."