LABUAN (Bernama): The Labuan chapter of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) says that the number of passengers and vehicles was within the capacity of the Labuan-Menumbok ferry on Feb 1.
Its enforcement chief Captain Maritime Che Adnan Md Isa said an operation was conducted on all ferries Saturday (Feb 2) to check compliance with the safety procedure.
The agency also made a spot check on the operation office of the ferry concerned and the manifest showed that recorded number of passengers was 290 and 209 for vehicles, including motorcycles.
The picture of the allegedly overloaded Menumbok-bound ferry taken at 6 am (Feb 1) went viral minutes after the ferry disembarked at the Menumbok jetty.
It became a hot topic of discussion in a Labuan-based WhatsApp group before it was shared to other groups across the country.
This also triggered the Labuan Marine Department and MMEA to conduct checks on all sea transport, including speedboats. – Bernama
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