Viet­namese boat caught with RM285,000 sea cu­cum­bers, six held

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

SAN­DAKAN: The six crew mem­bers of a Viet­namese boat were de­tained by Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) a er one tonne of sea cu­cum­bers worth about RM285,000 were found in the ves­sel that en­croached into Malaysian wa­ters in San­dakan.

The MMEA San­dakan pub­lic re­la­tions unit said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the boat was de­tected mov­ing sus­pi­ciously in high speed in the dark.

“A er pur­su­ing the boat for 50 min­utes, the mar­itime ves­sel man­aged to in­ter­cept it at around 9.55pm on Tues­day (Nov 5) night at 15.5 nau­ti­cal miles north­east of Kuala Kin­abatan­gan Be­sar,” it said.

“An in­spec­tion re­vealed that all six men, aged be­tween 27 to 44, did not have valid documents.

“The boat crew are be­lieved to have con­ducted il­le­gal har­vest­ing of sea cu­cum­bers us­ing a metal de­vice spe­cially de­signed to reach the se­abed and caus­ing harm to the ecosys­tem, es­pe­cially the corals,” said MMEA San­dakan di­rec­tor Cap­tain Mohd Khair­u­lan­uar Abd Ma­jid.

The boat and fish­ing equip­ment were also con­fis­cated, he said.

The case would be in­ves­ti­gated un­der Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959/63 and Fish­eries Act 1985, added Cap­tain Mohd Khair­u­lan­uar.

This is the fourth Viet­namese ves­sel caught this year by San­dakan MMEA, which has come down hard on those steal­ing the coun­try’s sea cu­cum­bers.

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