SABAK BERNAM: Five Myanmar citizens aged 16-46 years old had been detained by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Maritime Malaysia) at 11 nautical mile south-west of Sungai Besar here Saturday.
Maritime Malaysia in a statement said, the activity of employing illegal immigrants (PATI) had surfaced with the detention of a fishing boat C class at 9.45pm near the location.
The Director of Maritime Selangor State, Maritime Captain Abdul Muhaimin Salleh said, all the PATI each received a monthly salary of RM1, 000 with additional commission according to the weight of their catch.
“The Myanmar citizens had been detained by the patrolling team of Maritime Malaysia when the fishermen’s boat was actively fishing,” he said in a statement Sunday.
Abdul Muhaimin said, all the PATI were detained following their failure to produce valid working permits on the boat.
“On further investigation on the documents, it was found that the fishermen’s boat had committed an offence under the Fishing Act 1985 for breaching the license terms and condition that is using foreign citizens without written permission from the Director General Malaysian Fishing and Immigration Act 1959/63 working without valid permits,” he said .
He added the boat and all the crews together with the fish catch weighing 300 kg. had been brought to the jetty of Pulau Indah Marine Police Team before handing them to the investigation officer for further actions.
Meanwhile for any information on criminal activities or emergencies in the sea, members of the public can contact Selangor State Maritime Operation Centre at 03-31760627 or MERS 999 for immediate response. – Malaysia World News