Govt to continue protecting national sovereignty at Kasawari, Beting Patinggi Ali gas fields

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will continue to defend the country’s sovereignty in the gas fields at Kasawari and Beting Patinggi Ali in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea as recognised under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the government is aware of the presence of foreign ships which placed their assets in the areas for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year but Malaysia has never been quiet on the matter.

"We have sent many diplomatic notes regarding the matter and we also put our assets there to mark that this is our territory.

"This is a sensitive matter that needs to be managed as best as possible because we don't want any untoward incidents," he said during Question Time at Dewan Negara here on Tuesday (June 27).

He said this when answering a question from Senator Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai who asked about the number of invasions or the presence of foreign ships in the Kasawari Gas Field which is in the EEZ.

He said in the EEZ area, there are national oil and gas wells that need to be defended, considering that they contribute to 25% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). – Bernama

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