Malaysia has seized six Chinese fishing boats in its waters and has also detained 60 Chinese nationals aboard. The Chinese boats had illegally entered the Gulf of Johor, located in the maritime boundary of Malaysia. This maritime sector is part of the South China Sea, on which China claims it.
“The agency saw these boats at two different places during patrolling and thereafter action was taken,” said Capt. Mohammad Zulfadli Nayan, director, Tanjung Sidili Zone, Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Malaysia.
From Johor port, we were aware of the infiltration into our border of Kuch boats. Our patrol team saw them at a distance of two to three nautical miles. Three of these boats were circling with each other. There were 6 captains and 54 crew members. All are Chinese citizens and their age is between 31 and 60. The case has been registered under the merchant shipping ordinance. In such cases, all can be fined or imprisoned.