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Published: Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 10:08:22 AM

Wisma Putra to help two Malaysians held in Myanmar

ALOR SETAR: Officers from Wisma Putra will be heading to Myanmar today to meet the two Malaysians who have been detained by authorities there for fishing illegally in their waters.

The Malaysians, Imran Izhar, 19, and his cousin Mohd Rashidi Ruslan, 26, were arrested by the Myanmar Navy off the Rakhine coast in Myanmar on Nov 24.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainudin said Myanmar officials have agreed to allow Wisma Putra officers to meet the detained Malaysians tomorrow.

“They have also allowed the Malaysians to communicate with their families,” he said, adding that Wisma Putra would continue to negotiate with the Myanmar government, following the meeting on Monday (tomorrow), for their release.

Earlier, Imran’s father Izhar Ahmad, 44, said his son and Mohd Rashidi had left Langkawi for Bangladesh on Nov 17, on Hannah 8 which was supposed to be a cargo ship belonging to Syarikat Image 2000 Sdn Bhd.

He said that policeman came to the house on Dec 4, and told him and his wife Rohayati Mohammad, 40, that their son had been arrested in Myanmar for encroachment.

“We thought he was working on a cargo ship, but it turned out the vessel was a fishing boat. We hope the two youths will be released safe and sound,” he added.

On Nov 28, a Myanmar newspaper reported that two Malaysians were arrested by Myanmar Navy for illegal fishing.

Upon inspection, the navy found fishing equipment and diesel.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, myanmar, encroachment

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