Explosives, bombed fish seized; fish­er­men de­tained

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME - By El­ton Gomes

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) seized close to 50 pieces of explosives used for fish bomb­ing dur­ing a raid on five pump boats at Man­tanani Ke­cil in Kota Be­lud early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) Sabah and Labuan di­rec­tor First Ad­mi­ral Mohd Zu­bil Mat Som said seven for­eign fish­er­men were de­tained fol­low­ing the raid and about 200 kilo­grams of as­sorted fish that were caught through the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, were seized.

“Act­ing on a tip-off and con­tin­u­ous pa­trol op­er­a­tion, our men spot­ted five sus­pi­cious pump boats around 2.30am near Man­tanani Ke­cil.

“Upon in­spec­tion, we found close to 50 mod­i­fied explosives and det­o­na­tors that were be­lieved used for fish bomb­ing ac­tiv­ity.

“We also con­fis­cated about 200 kilo­grams of fish from the sus­pects,” he said at a press con­fer­ence at the MMEA head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

The sus­pects, aged 18 to 45, from a neigh­bour­ing coun­try have been re­manded for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MMEA is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case un­der Sec­tion 26(1) (c) of the Fish­ery Act 1985, Sec­tion 8 of the Ex­plo­sive Act 1957 and Sec­tion 6(1) (c) of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959/1963.

Mohd Zu­bil said that the MMEA is tak­ing fish bomb­ing ac­tiv­ity very se­ri­ously as the il­le­gal act could dam­age the eco-sys­tem and marine life.

“Such ac­tiv­ity can bring neg­a­tive im­age to our tourism in­dus­try and de­stroyed coral reefs will take many years to grow back.

“MMEA will con­tinue to carry more op­er­a­tion and will work closely with other en­force­ment agen­cies to com­bat such ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

Also present yes­ter­day was Kota Kinabalu MMEA di­rec­tor First Ad­mi­ral Adam Aziz.

Mohd Zu­bil (cen­tre) with Adam (left) and an MMEA of­fi­cer show­ing the mod­i­fied explosives that were seized from the sus­pects.

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