Vietnam fishing syndicate 'may have Malaysian help'


Jason Santos

Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency regional director Rear Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som (centre) says between last year and this year, eight Vietnamese vessels and crews have been seized and arrested, but they were only slapped with a small fine of RM500. – The Malaysian Insight pic, August 7, 2017.

A VIETNAMESE syndicate is allegedly exploiting loopholes in the country’s maritime law to plunder Sabah’s fish stock – with Malaysian help.

Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) regional director Rear Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the agency did not deny that the syndicate had “cloned” registered boats by painting its own vessels with legitimate permit numbers and having copies of valid licences.


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