Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency detains passenger boat in buffalo smuggling attempt in Lawas

Three individuals attempting to smuggle five buffaloes into Sarawak through Sabah by sea. Source: MMEA

By DayakDaily Team

MIRI, June 5: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Malaysian Maritime) Miri Maritime Zone detains a passenger boat attempting to smuggle five live buffaloes into Sarawak yesterday (June 4).

According to a news report by TV Sarawak (TVS), the passenger boat carrying the livestock was detained at 3.1 nautical miles south of Tanjung Perapat, suspected of committing an offense under Section 9(1) and (3) of the veterinary Public Health Ordinance (VPHO) 1999.


Upon inspection, it was found that the passenger boat was operated by a skipper and two crew members who are all local citizens.

Miri Maritime Zone Director, Maritime Captain Mohd Khairol Annuar Saad said that they had no livestock transfer permit from Sabah upon their capture.

“The passenger boat was detained around 10.45am by a Malaysian Maritime patrol boat in Op Permai 01/2019 and Op Tiris 3.0 in Lawas waters,” said Khairol Annuar in a statement yesterday (June 4).

The passenger boat along with its crews were escorted to the Lawas District Office jetty before being handed over to the Sarawak Veterinary Department Officer for further action. — DayakDaily