JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has seized an Indonesian water taxi that was unlawfully sailing in the eastern part of Johor waters.
Tanjung Sedili Zone MMEA director maritime captain Mohd Zulfadli Nayan said the boat was seized at about 2.40pm on Wednesday (Oct 9), after marine petrol boats monitoring the area spotted the unmarked boat.
“The boat, which was sailing in a suspicions manner, was spotted at about two nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Penyusop.
“Two Indonesian men, aged between 16 and 47, were arrested to assist in investigations, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 10).
Zulfadli added that the arrest and seizure was made as a precautionary step to prevent robberies or any other criminal activities by such boats in the area.
“The arrest was under Port Circular N0 67/2017, which limits foreign boats from running any services under port limits, ” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 44 of the Customs Act 1967 for hovering.
On an unrelated matter, MMEA has also confiscated four push nets (pukat rawa sorong) during an operation near the Ayer Baloi waters near Batu Pahat on Wednesday (Oct 9).
Batu Pahat Zone MMEA director maritime commander Mohammad Othman said that the agency had been receiving numerous complaints from local fishermen about illegal fishing trawlers, locally known as bot pukat sorong.
“During the operation, we managed to spot four suspicious-looking boats at about 3pm that was attempting to escape.
“They managed to escape by moving towards the nearest beach and leaving their fishing equipment, which we have confiscated, ” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985.
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