KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 – About 100 China-registered boats and vessels have been detected encroaching into Malaysia’s waters near Beting Patinggi Ali in the South China Sea yesterday, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. As such, he said the government had instructed the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to deploy its assets to monitor the situation.
“Three MMEA vessels have been deployed to the area. The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) assets are also there. The Bombardier aircraft has also carried out aerial monitoring in that area and found a group of Chinese fishermen there. Our vessels are expected to arrive there tonight. Appropriate law enforcement action would be taken if the boats and ships were found to have entered the exclusive economic zone of the country,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here on yesterday.