Urgent need to deal with encroachment into Sarawak waters
0 month ago, 11-Jul-2019
Datuk Talib Zulpilip
KUCHING: Complaints by local fishermen that their fishing activities were badly affected by foreign vessels encroachment into Sarawak waters required the immediate attention of various authorities, said Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip.
In fact,Talib, who is also Minister in the Chief Ministers Department, saidthere was an urgent need todeal with the issue as the foreign encroachers could likely be armed and dangerous not only to fishermenbut alsoto the countrys security.
He said statinginadequacy of the various agencies as the reason for the problem, should not be accepted.
This is tantamount to saying that there is nothing that could be or would be done.
Are we signalling to the encroachers that they could do anything, as we do not have the capability to deal with them? he said in a statement here today.
Sarawak Fishermen Association (Penesa) chairman Jam Hajimi had recently saidthat foreign vessels encroaching into Sarawak waters had affected the fishing activities in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu.
In the latest incident involving foreign fishermen from Vietnam, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak director Maritime First AdmiralRobert TehGeokChuan said four boats were detained on July 7 atTanjungSirik, Mukah with 58 crew and skippers.
He told a media conference on Tuesday that the value of seizure of fish, boats and equipment from the four foreign boats was worthRM6 million.
On enforcement by MMEA in Sarawak waters, he said MMEA personnel were working closely with local fishermen on the matter as its assets were not operational at the moment.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) chairman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil is expected to have an engagement session with local fishermen at Jalan Kampung Tanjong Bako near here today. – Bernama