Sekinchan in Sabak Bernam district in Selangor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Five Indonesian men have been arrested for fishing illegally in Malaysian waters.

At 1am on June 14, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) spotted a “suspicious” fishing vessel about 31 nautical miles from Sekinchan – a small town about 100 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur that is considered part of Selangor’s Sabak Bernam district – during a routine sea patrol, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported on Monday.

The boat was intercepted and about 200 kilograms of fish recovered and confiscated. Five Indonesians aged between 32 and 59 were detained for illegal fishing during the operation.

The case is now being investigated under the Fishing Act 1985 for fishing without permission from the director-general of the Malaysian Fisheries Department.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the fishermen intended to return home with the fish they caught to celebrate after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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