Duo operating boat under influence of drugs an embarrassment for tourism industry, says Johor Ruler

JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar says he is upset over an incident where two men were found operating a boat while under the influence of drugs.

His Majesty, who weighed in on the incident, which took place near Pulau Rawa, Mersing, on Wednesday (Oct 6), said the incident was an embarrassment to the state’s tourism industry.

“I am upset about the incident that happened right before my eyes.

“I saw them speeding and operating the boat in a reckless manner near the Pulau Rawa jetty.

“I ordered the police to stop the boat, which was carrying a family with young children taking part in island-hopping activities,” he said in a post on his official Facebook page Thursday (Oct 7).

According to Mersing OCPD Supt Cyril Edward Nuing, police pulled the 7.9m boat over at around 10am and ran a drug test on the boat skipper and helper.

Both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sultan Ibrahim also told all enforcement agencies to step up on their patrolling efforts.

“The positive drug test and police investigations showed the reason for the men’s reckless actions.

“Stern actions should be taken including revoking the licence and seizing the boats of those who do not follow the law.

“This matter has caused a deep embarrassment to Johor's tourism industry and I hope it will not be repeated,” he added.

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