Viet trawler attempts to ram police boat
Published on: Thursday, August 22, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir
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SANDAKAN: Marine police here detained two Vietnamese vessels for trespassing and illegally fishing in Malaysian waters. 

Sabah Marine Police (Region 4) Commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the vessels were intercepted by two patrol boats as they tried to speed off during the “Ops Pensura” around 9.45am off Langkayan Island, near here, on Tuesday. 

“When ordered to stop, both vessels refused to give co-operation and tried to hit the marine police boats. 

“We have to chase them for half an hour before they finally surrendered. 

“The Vietnamese boats bearing registration numbers CM/91254/TS and CM/95180/TS were carrying 10 men, aged between 20 and 40,” he said. 

He said the skippers were found to have violated the law under Section 25(a) of the Fishery Act 1985 for using unlicensed fishing paraphernalia and liable to a fine of not exceeding RM1 million on conviction under Section 11(3)(b) of the same Act on conviction.

Both skippers and their crew were also found not possessing any valid documents that permitted them to be in Malaysia, and can be charged under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63. 

Both vessels including equipment, estimated to be worth around RM1,620,000, together with the skippers and crew were brought to Sandakan Marine Police Operation Base for further action.

Pajeri said more such operations would be carried out to prevent as well as to detect foreign encroachment into Malaysian waters. 

He urged the public to give any information they had to the police.



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