KUALA TERENGGANU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has seized three boats and detained 42 Vietnamese crew members in raids to thwart illegal intrusion and fishing in Malaysian waters.
Terengganu MMEA enforcement chief Maritime Captain Zainolabidin Jusoh said those detained were aged between 16 and 58 while some 8.5 tonnes of fish and dried squid were seized together with equipment worth about RM200,000.
The first raid occurred 51 nautical miles off Tanjung Mat Amin at 12.25pm on Thursday, when seven Vietnamese crew and the skipper were detained, he said at a press conference at the MMEA office here on Monday.
"At 6.33pm on the same day, another boat with 15 Vietnamese crew and the skipper were detained about 90 nautical miles off Kuala Terengganu," Capt Zainolabidin said.
Some 14 hours later, at about 8.20am on Friday, the enforcement team raided a cargo boat 32 nautical miles from Kuala Terengganu and detained another 20 Vietnamese fishermen.
"They showed us a copy of a suspicious-looking boat licence. Even if the licence were genuine, it is illegal for a cargo boat to carry out any sort of fishing activities here," Capt Zainolabidin said.
A 14-day remand order had been obtained against those detained.