MP: Indonesian maritime authorities harassed fishermen in Malaysian waters


PETALING JAYA: Sungai Besar MP Budiman Mohd Zohdi wants the government to urgently look into the alleged violent harassment and shooting by Indonesia’s maritime enforcement authorities against local fishermen in Malaysian waters.

Budiman said his office and the affected fishermen would get Wisma Putra’s views on measures to be taken against the unwarranted actions of the Indonesians in two separate incidents on July 18.

In the first incident, a Sekinchan-registered vessel with the number SLFA 5099 was pursued by Indonesian maritime authorities who called on it to stop.

When the boat’s operator refused, the Indonesian vessel opened fire on them, he claimed.

“The Indonesians fired a number of shots at boat SLFA 5099. Bullet holes can be found on the boat SLFA 5099,” he said in a statement today.

Budiman added that after the incident the Indonesians seized two other Sekinchan boats bearing the numbers SLFA 4641 and SLFA 4948 that were also within Malaysia’s borders.

He said the boats were subsequently towed to Aceh.

He called on Indonesia to respect the diplomatic relations between the two countries under the bilateral agreement called the “Memorandum of Understanding in Respect of Common Guidelines Concerning Treatment of Fisherman by Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies” signed by the governments on Jan 27, 2012.

FMT is seeking confirmation if any fisherman was injured during the incidents.