KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has nabbed seven foreigners for abusing their temporary foreign worker permits.
Sabah MMEA director Rear Admiral Kamaruszaman Abu Hassan said the MMEA team, which was patrolling the area on the KM Arau vessel, intercepted the suspects' fishing trawler on Thursday (April 25).
The interception was made some 16.4 nautical miles west of Pulau Balambangan near Kudat.
The men, comprising five Filipino nationals and two Indonesians, are believed to have violated the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Fisheries Act 1985.
Kamaruszaman said the trawler was seized and brought back to Kudat for further investigation.
He added that MMEA will always monitor fishing activities and enforce maritime laws in Sabah waters, and reminded the maritime community to abide by the law.
Kamaruszaman also said that MMEA conducts special operations to prevent illegals from entering Sabah.