For­eign boat set ablaze for il­le­gal fish­ing

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia yes­ter­day for the first time set fire to a for­eign boat for il­le­gally fish­ing in its wa­ters as a stern warn­ing to tres­pass­ing trawlers.

Por­ous mar­itime bor­ders are a con­stant prob­lem for Malaysia and its South­east Asian neigh­bours, which strug­gle to keep for­eign fish­ing ves­sels from op­er­at­ing il­le­gally in their wa­ters.

In early 2016, more than 100 Chi­nese fish­ing ves­sels were de­tected off Sarawak. In April In­done­sia sank 81 mostly for­eign boats caught for il­le­gal fish­ing.

The boat was set fire at sea off the coast of Ke­lan­tan, ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency.

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