Shafie sees underlying security threat from fish-bombing deaths

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  • Sunday, 07 Jul 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has identified a potential security threat stemming from the incident where three divers were killed from fish-bombing activities.

The Sabah Chief Minister said the question was where the explosives used in the fish bombs came from.

"Where did they obtain the bomb device? Is it from this country or from outside the country? we have to look into that," he said.

Shafie also joined calls for stiffer penalties against those who use the fish-bombing method.

"This illegal activity has been going on for quite a while and I, as Semporna MP, have been voicing out on this matter out repeatedly.

"Stern action must be taken. I also hope local residents who know those responsible (report them to authorities)" he told reporters after attending a Petronas sponsorship programme here on Sunday (July 7).

Shafie added that fish-bombing has long-term effects.

He also spoke out against the use of cyanide, more so since it is used to poison fish that are later eaten by humans.

Two Chinese tourists and their local dive master died on Friday off Semporna waters, believed to be due to fish blasting activity.

On calls for a ban on pump boats as they were linked to fish bombing, Shafie said "We can look into that but I do not think that is the major contributor," adding it was more important to find out where the explosives used came from.

"I think investigations have to be done before prescribing any solution," he said.

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