Ship owners submit appeal at Consulate

Tan (second left) submits the appeal to the staff at the office of the Consulate General of Indonesia in Kuching, while the ship owners look on.

KUCHING: Owners of ships whose boats and fishermen were detained for alleged encroachment to Indonesian territorial waters were brought to make an appeal to the Consulate General of Indonesia in Kuching.

A political secretary to the Chief Minister Tan Kai helped to bring them to the Consulate so that authorities can further investigate the incident.

Tan Kai said the Indonesia authority detained three deep sea fishing boats (two type C2 boats and one type C boat) as well as the fishermen on May 31 and June 5 respectively at the Kuala Sungai Rambungan waters.

“The ship owners surnamed Toh (for type C2 boats) and Ng (for type C boat) have since lodged a report with the police, and reaffirmed that the fishing operation was within Malaysia’s territorial waters,” he said today.

Tan said the ship owners had also informed the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the relevant authorities about the incident.

“Today, I have brought the ship owners to the Indonesian Counsel office in Kuching to make an appeal.

“I also urge that the authority to thoroughly investigate the incident and reach an amicable solution,” said Tan today.