KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) handled 14 sea robbery cases last year with many taking place in southern Johor (the Straits of Singapore), eastern Johor and the South China Sea.
While saying that they managed to nab six groups of sea robbers, some of whom are serving jail terms of 10 to 15 years, MMEA director-general Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish said the Straits of Malacca reported no cases.
All of them were detained in southern Johor which is the Straits of Singapore,” he added.
“Many sea robberies happen in the Straits of Singapore and the eastern part of Johor,” he said after the launch of the Asean Seminar on Piracy, Sea Robbery and Maritime Terrorism – Sharing of Information and Best Practices at Istana Hotel today.
Mohd Amdan revealed that a lot of people do not have a clear view of where these sea robberies occurred.
“Many reports indicated that this (sea robberies) happened in the Straits of Malacca, though it actually happened in the Straits of Singapore,” he said.
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