Review of laws against piracy in the cards


  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Jun 2015

A REVIEW of the laws against piracy and robbery on the high seas will be carried out, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

“A paper will be prepared by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for consideration,” he said at the Parliament lobby.

Shahidan, who is in charge of the agency, said the review would not only be confined to piracy but robbery as well.

His remarks came following the recent hijacking of the Malaysian-registered oil tanker Orkim Harmony by eight Indonesian men.

The ship, which was carrying 6,000 tonnes of petrol worth RM21mil, went missing while en route from Malacca to Kuantan on June 11.

He also said MMEA was looking into complaints by local fishermen in Tanjung Manis, Sarawak, that foreigners fishing off its coast were delivering their catch to a mothership anchored in deep waters.

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