Malaysia has seized six Chinese fishing boats in its waters and also detained 60 Chinese citizens aboard. Chinese boats illegally entered the Gulf of Johor, located in the Malaysian border. This maritime zone is part of the South China Sea, to which China claims.
Captain Mohammed Zulfadli Nayan, director of Tanjung Sidili Zone of the Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) of Malaysia said, the agency saw these boats at two different locations during patrol and action was taken thereafter.
From the port of Johor we came to know about the intrusion of Kuch boats into our range. Our patrol saw these at two to three nautical miles. Three of these boats were circling close to each other. These included 6 captains and 54 crew members. All are Chinese citizens and are aged between 31 and 60. They have been booked under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance. In such cases, all may be fined or jailed.