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MMEA Detains Four Indonesians For Trespassing

PORT KLANG, July 12 (Bernama) -- Four Indonesian men, including the skipper of a fibreglass boat, were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) while trespassing into the country's waters near Morib last night.

Klang MMEA enforcement chief Captain Mohd Aliyas Hamdan said they were arrested at 11.40pm under the Ops Tumpas operation, which was launched on July 1 to eradicate maritime crimes this festive season.

He said MMEA boats patrolling the waters off Morib detected a blue fibreglass boat in a suspicious position before detaining it one nautical mile from the coastal town.

"At first our boat approached and ordered their boat to stop, but they refused and sped up further towards Pantai Morib," he told a news conference at the North Port Maritime office, here Saturday.

Following that, the MMEA gave chase to the boat, which had no registration plate, for about 15 minutes until Pantai Morib.

Mohd Aliyas said a collision between the two boats during the arrest caused the skipper to injure his right hand.

He is currently being treated at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

"Initial investigations found the men, aged between 30 and 42, were heading to our waters from Pantai Dumai or Pulau Bengkalis, Indonesia," he said.

They were sent to the Klang Maritime Jetty for further investigation.

-- BERNAMA




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