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Fish bombing: MMEA nabs 4
Published on: Thursday, September 12, 2019
By: Stefyanie Myla Micheal

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized 100kg of suspected bombed fish from a boat off Pulau Gaya during a special operation at 7.05pm on Tuesday.

MMEA Maritime Commander, Muhammad Suffian Eldine Abdually said a pump boat was inspected and found to be unregistered. Four undocumented Filipinos aged between 18-28 were detained.

“Further inspection led to the discovery of 100kg of various fishes suspected caught by fish bombing. The fishes were estimated worth not more than RM2000.

“The suspects managed to throw all the fish bombing equipment into the sea,” he told a press conference, Wednesday.

All four suspects along with the pump boat and the fish were taken to the maritime jetty in Sepanggar Bay for further action.

He said further action will be taken under the Fisheries Act 1985, Immigration Act 1963 and Ports and Harbours Enactment 2002 while the samples of the suspected bombed fish were sent to Fisheries department.

Muhammad Suffian said the arrests were the result of intelligence information and monitoring by the Kota Kinabalu Zone Maritime officers and personnel in “Operasi Naga Timur”.

“The authorities will also track and hunt down whoever is responsible for selling and supplying the explosives, we will not compromise with any party involved in such activities” he said.

Also present was fisheries assistant from the enforcement division, William Raymond, who showed samples of the bombed fish.

MMEA urged the maritime community to channel information to them via 088-260175.

 



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