PORT KLANG: One of the fishermen released from detention in Indonesia in June visited the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) district office here to give his thanks.
Chua Lee Teck (pic left), 46, handed over a hamper to Port Klang district MMEA chief Maritime Capt Mohd Rosli Abdullah and thanked the agency for helping to bring him back to his hometown in Sekinchan when he was freed.
“The agency provided me and another fisherman rides on a helicopter and boats until we reached the Pantai Redang jetty in Sekinchan.
“I remember feeling grateful upon seeing the men from the agency right after we were brought out of detention.
“They called out and spoke to me in our national language which is very close to my heart and my home,” he said here Tuesday.
Together with Chua were 20 other fishermen from the Sekinchan Fishermen's and Fish Traders Welfare Association.
Chua, who started working and going out to sea about three weeks ago, said he has regained the weight he lost when he was detained for 101 days in Indonesia.
“I lost about 6kg when I came home.
“But all things are good now with my family beside me. I think my wife’s homemade meals must have helped me regain the weight,” quipped Chua, who now works for a fish centre because the vessel belonging to him and his father is still detained in Indonesia.
“The authorities are still working on bringing back the vessel," he said.
Capt Mohd Rosli was delighted to see Chua again.
“I first met Chua during our boat rides and on the helicopter when we were bringing him home.
“He was so skinny and weak then. But now, I am happy to see him living a good life,” he said after a dialogue with the fishermen.
He said MMEA will always look out for Malaysian fishermen should they run into problems while fishing in Malaysian waters and urged them to contact him personally on his mobile phone.
“Fishermen can call or drop me a message to tell us if there is a situation, such as a foreign vessel encroaching or if they are detained for alleged trespass.
“The fishermen could be the eyes and ears of MMEA to maintain the security of our waters,” he said after he announced his contact number and made sure every fisherman jotted it down.