A Malaysian frigate intercepted the trawlers around 67 nautical miles
from the cape of Tanjung Tembeling in the waters of the East Sea just
offshore the states of Terengganu and Pahang.
“This apprehension of the vessels and
crewmembers was made to show the world that Malaysia will take firm
action against ships that violate our territory,” a navy spokesman said.
He said Malaysia followed standard
international procedures in dealing with foreign ships entering its
territory including providing warnings with flags, voices and warning
He said no one was injured.
The case is being investigated in accordance
with the 1985 Fisheries Act, he said, and if prosecuted and convicted
the crewmembers could face stiff fines ranging from US$122,500 to
US$245,000 and the fishing vessels could be confiscated.