Authorities in Sabah and Johor seized a cumulative total of 140 kilograms of sea products in two separate incidents. These products were worth RM8,170 and RM8,400 respectively. There was no relationship between the incidents.
The Incident in Sabah
In Sabah, the marine police seized the products following a routine sea patrol and check on certain fishermen off the coast of the district of Semporna. These checks allowed authorities to discover over 70 kilograms of fish. The fishermen caught the fish by using explosives.
Authorities seized these illegally caught fish from two fishermen at around 4:30pm on Tuesday. The incident took place near Bum Bum Island.
According to Deputy Supt Mohammad Ismail, the operations base commanding officer of the Semporna Marine Police, the police questioned the fishermen about how they obtained their catch. On this matter, he said, “Further questioning led to the suspects admitting that they used fish bombs.”
The marine police did not stop at confiscating the fish. They also took a compressor, a boat, two reels of hose, and two pump engines. Following these seizures and the arrests of the suspects, the suspects will be investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985. This law forbids the possession of fish caught by use of explosives.
The Incident in Johor
The second incident took place in Iskandar Puteri, Johor. In this incident, the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) seized around 70 kilograms of frozen slipper lobsters at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. According to Johor MAQIS director Hizzuan Hashim, the lobsters in question had been imported from Indonesia. MAQIS seized the lobsters during a routine inspection at the port. This inspection took place at around 3pm on Tuesday.
In a statement, Hizzuan said, “The inspection was made on a frozen fish container and investigations revealed that the slipper lobsters were brought in without an import permit. All the lobsters were then confiscated for investigations.”
Hizzuan went on to mention that authorities were investigating the case. They were doing so under Section 11(1) of the Malaysia Quarantine and Inspection Services 2011 (Act 728). This law forbids the importation of agricultural products without valid documents. Anyone who violates this law is liable to a fine of up to RM100,000, a prison term of up to six years, or both.
This was the second time in the last two months that Johor MAQIS was involved in a high-profile case involving the seizure of illegally-imported fish. On Feb 24, Johor MAQIS seized around 27,000 kilograms of torpedo scad from Vietnam. The value of the torpedo scad in question was RM113,603. This incident took place at Johor Port in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
22nd April 2021 15:20
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