THE STAR – Indonesian maritime authorities have arrested four boats, two of them Malaysian-flagged, for suspected illegal fishing in the country’s waters.
In a statement, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said two Malaysian-flagged boats registered PKFB 1269 and PKFB 1280 were detected in the Strait of Melaka on June 8.
“This demonstrates our commitment to eradicating illegal fishing as well as protecting marine and fisheries resources,” said Director General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Monitoring, Adin Nurawaluddin.
He said the seized boats and items were taken to Belawan fishing port in Medan, North Sumatra for further investigation.
The agency has detained 79 foreign and local illegal boats so far this year, including eight Malaysian-flagged boats.
In another development, the Consulate General of Indonesia (Kota Kinabalu office) is planning to set up a liaison office on this island to facilitate travel documents for more than 2,000 Indonesian migrant workers.
Its consulate general, Rafail Walangitan, however, said it would depend on the urgency of facilitating the processing of documents such as passports, residence permits and work permits.
“If we are unable to establish the liaison office, we can deploy our team to this island to help facilitate the process for our migrants here,” he said after paying a courtesy visit to the director of the Labuan National Security Council (NSC), Mohd Hafiez Mohd Daud. .
Rafail said (before the establishment of the liaison office) that the office of the Consulate General of Indonesia in Kota Kinabalu would help expedite travel documentation for Indonesians in Labuan going to the office in Kota Kinabalu for passport renewal and visas. related documents.
“The process (renewal or new passport) usually takes three days, therefore, we can consider processing Indonesian immigration cases (from Labuan) as a special case with a shorter processing time,” he said. declared.
According to him, the more than 2,000 Indonesians in Labuan work in various sectors such as services (including as servants), construction and oil and gas. “Above all, we want our Indonesian migrants in Labuan to obey Malaysian laws and refrain from getting involved in illegal activities,” he said.