Tan Kai appeals to Indonesian Embassy to investigate boat detention incident

Tan Kai (second left) together with the vessel's owners made an appeal to the Indonesian Counsel office in Kuching, today.

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KUCHING, June 12: Political secretary to the Chief Minister Tan Kai has made an appeal to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuching to investigate the incidents involving the detention of three deep sea fishing vessels belonging to locals by the Indonesian authorities.

According to Tan Kai in a press statement today, the vessels (two type C2 vessels, and one type C vessel) together with the fishermen, were detained by the Indonesian authorities on May 31 and June 5, respectively, at Kuala Sungai Rambungan waters for alleged encroachment into Indonesia’s territorial waters.

“The shipowners, Mr Toh (Type C2 vessels) and Mr Ng (Type C vessel) have lodged a police report regarding the incident, and reaffirm that their fishing operation is within Malaysia’s territorial waters,” he said.

He added that the vessel’s owners have also informed the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and other relevant authorities about the incident.

Today, Tan Kai brought both of the vessel’s owners to the Indonesia Counsel office in Kuching to lodge and appeal.

He also urged the authority to investigate the incident and come to an amicable solution. — DayakDaily