GEORGE TOWN - Twelve Indonesians in two fishing vessels were detained by the marine police near Pulau Kendi for fishing in Malaysian waters illegally.
The two tekongs and 10 crew members, who are in their 20s and 30s, were in both the vessels when they were stopped by a patrolling marine police boat at 50.6 nautical miles off Pulau Kendi at 1.57pm. The vessels have also been seized.
Marine Police Region 1 assistant commander Supt Dimin Awang said the men were handed over to the Fisheries Department for further action.
"We found the men in two different boats on Friday, five of them were in one of the boats, while the rest were in another boat.
"They claimed to be from Medan, Indonesia. We seized the vessels, which cost about RM50,000 each and about 300kg of various types of fish," Supt Dimin told a press conference at the marine police base in Batu Uban here yesterday.
"This is part of our on-going Ops Gelora Khas, aimed to keep the northern region's waters safe, and to prevent illegal migrants from entering the country via Malaysian waters."
He added that to date, Ops Gelora Khas, which started on May 11, saw a total of 36 cases recorded - eight in Langkawi waters, including the illegal encroaching of 1,053 Rohingyas in May, and 28 cases in Penang waters.
He said from January to July, the marine police had cracked down 206 cases involving various types of offences.