PORT KLANG: After 101 days of being locked up in Indonesia, fisherman Chua Lee Teck felt so relieved to be spoken to in his national language.
Yesterday, to show his gratitude to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency officers for transporting him back to his hometown in Sekinchan upon his release, Chua personally handed over a hamper.
“I remember feeling grateful when I saw them right after we were brought out.
“They called out and spoke to me in our national language which is very close to my heart and my home,” said the 46-year-old after handing the hamper over to Port Klang district MMEA chief Kapt Mohd Rosli Abdullah.
Together with him were some 20 other fishermen from the Sekinchan Fishermen and Fish Traders Welfare Association.
Chua, who lost 6kg in detention, and another fisherman were brought home by helicopter and boat to their hometown in Sekinchan upon their release in June.
“Thanks to them and my wife’s cooking, I am slowly regaining my weight again,” quipped Chua, who now works for another fish centre as the vessel that belongs to him and his father is still detained in Indonesia.
Kapt Mohd Rosli said he was delighted to see Chua again after first meeting him on the ride home.
“I am delighted to see him doing much better,” he said.
MMEA, he said, would always help Malaysian fishermen should they run into any problem while fishing.
“They can call me directly or drop a message to tell us if they are in any situation, such as to report on foreign vessel encroachment or if they are detained for alleged trespass.
“They can be the eyes and ears of MMEA to maintain the security of our waters,” he said, making sure that every fisherman jot his contact number down.
Kapt Mohd Rosli also called on fishermen to use the Personal Location Beacons to alert the MMEA whenever they were in any kind of distress. The distress frequency was relayed via the Cospas-Sarsat global satellite system, which was monitored by the MMEA in Malaysia, he added.