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Malaysia detains two vessels, 26 Vietnamese fishermen September 09,2020   |  Source: NST

Two Vietnamese fishing vessels with 26 crew members were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for encroaching into the state waters yesterday.

The two vessels were spotted about 33 nautical miles off Pulau Tioman during the Op Kuda Laut operation about 2.30pm.

Pahang MMEA director Marine First Admiral Amran Daud said upon realising the presence of MMEA's patrol vessel at sea, the suspects tried to flee before they later surrendered.

"Based on the vessel registration number, the fishermen were from Vietnam and both the vessels were laden with three tonnes of catch.

The 26 crew members and two skippers were between 17 and 50 years old, and did not have any documents with them.

"MMEA seized fishing equipment, diesel supply and the vessels worth about RM2 million. The seized vessels were taken to Tanjung Gemok maritime post while the crew members have been detained for further investigations," he said in a statement today.

He said the foreign fishermen were being investigated under Section 16 (3) and Section 15(1)(a) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for failing to inform the Malaysian authorities on their arrival and fishing in the Malaysian waters without permission respectively.

Amran said all the suspects who underwent Covid-19 screening will


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