MMEA and Fisheries officers among 22 nabbed over illegal fishing

Radzi Razak

Maritime Enforcement Agency chief Admiral Zulkifili Abu Bakar (right) and MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad in Putrajaya today to announce the crippling of an illegal fishing syndicate. - The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, November 6, 2017.

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained 22 people, including six maritime and fisheries agency officers, over alleged involvement in an illegal fishing syndicate encroaching on Malaysian waters.

Investigations by MACC and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) also led to the arrest of seven Vietnamese suspects, including a woman with a “Datuk” title, who were believed to have been bribing Malaysian officials in order to have their fishing boats released after they were seized for encroaching on Malaysian waters.

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