Marine cops thwart bid to hijack ship

A Japanese oil tanker which was raided by armed pirates sailing in Port Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, in April.


JOHOR BARU - The marine police have thwarted an attempt by a group of Indonesian men to hijack a ship some 2.5 nautical miles from Teluk Ramunia beach in Kota Tinggi.

Marine Police Region Two commander Asst Comm Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said during a marine police patrol operation, their personnel spotted a stationary fibre boat and a ship at the waters at around 7.30pm on Friday.

He said the unit approached the boat to investigate and found five men on the boat and four crewmen on the ship.

"The unit called for back-up from a patrolling unit and after a thorough check, we found another four men hiding in the ship's crew bedroom," he said at a press conference here yesterday.

He said his men also found weapons used by the suspects for their illegal activities, including 10 parang, 10 face masks, gadgets, cables and tools.

"Upon questioning, all the suspects admitted they were planning to hijack a ship near Pulai Lima, Kota Tinggi waters," he added.

ACP Khiu said the suspects, aged between 22 and 55, were sent to the Pengerang police station and would be remanded for 14 days to help in investigations.

He said all 13 of them did not possess any valid documents and the police were investigating if the group of suspects had been involved in any reported cases before this.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 393 of the Penal Code for attempted robbery, which is punishable by seven years' jail and a fine.