KOTA KINABALU: An Indonesian cargo boat carrying controlled items without a permit has been seized in waters off Tawau on Thursday (Feb 13).
Tawau zone Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) corporate communications unit, in a statement, said two men, without documents and believed to be from the neighbouring country, were detained.
The MMEA's patrol team discovered the vessel making its way towards Sungai Melayu, off Sebatik Island around 8.30am on Thursday (Feb 13).
It was found to be carrying 80 LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tanks, 7.2 tonnes of granulated sugar consisting of 7,200 packets and frozen food, namely 3,200 packets of chicken frankfurters and 865 packets of chicken balls.
The value of total items seized including the cargo boat and one unit of engine boat is estimated to be around RM175,000.
“The items and suspects have been brought to Tawau maritime jetty and handed over to the maritime zone investigating officer for further investigations," said Tawau zone Maritime director Captain V. Siva Kumar in the statement.
“The skipper and the crew, who failed to produce any documents when a routine check was done by the patrol team, are being detained under Control of Supplies Act 1961 for bringing controlled items without permission and under Immigration Act 1959/63 for failing to provide valid identification documents.”
In a separate case, Tawau MMEA succeeded in apprehending three foreigners who did not possess any documents onboard a fibre boat at Menampilik waters in Semporna on the same day.
The patrol team, which inspected the vessel around 1pm, arrested the three and seized the boat.
“The suspects and the boat, including their fishing equipment, were brought to Semporna maritime jetty to be handed to the investigating officer, ” said Siva.
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