The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia would like to confirm news reports that a number of Malaysian-flagged fishing boats, including SLFA 4625, PKFB 1512 and KHF 1917 have been arrested and detained by the Indonesian authorities.
Upon receiving information and notification of the arrest and detention of the fishing boats and their crewmembers from the relevant Malaysian authorities, as well as from Persatuan Kebajikan Nelayan dan Peniaga-Peniaga Ikan Sekinchan, Selangor, which pointed to the facts that the arrest may have happened in Malaysian waters, and that the arrest is not consistent with the understanding reached between Malaysia and the Republic of Indonesia in handling fisheries-related incidents, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia has undertaken concerted and sustained efforts to address the matter, including to secure the release of the fishing boats and their crewmembers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia would like to inform that YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia is personally involved in the concerted and sustained efforts to address this matter. YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman has raised the matter with his counterpart, Her Excellency Retno L.P. Marsudi, including at the side-line of the recently concluded OIC Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ambassador of Malaysia in Jakarta has been personally instructed by YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman to raise matters relating to the arrest and detention of the Malaysian-flagged fishing boats with the relevant Indonesian agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia. The Consul of Malaysia in Pekanbaru has travelled to Batam, Indonesia to undertake Consular Visit and to check on the well-being of the captains of the fishing boats SLFA 4625 and PKFB 1512. The matter has also been communicated and raised with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur. Meeting with representatives of Persatuan Kebajikan Nelayan dan Peniaga-Peniaga Ikan Sekinchan, Selangor has also been held in the Putrajaya.
The relevant Malaysian agencies including the Department of Fisheries and the National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Department have also reached out to their counterparts in the Republic of Indonesia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia shares the anxiety of the family members and the concern of the owners of the fishing boats, and will continue to undertake all possible steps to address this matter with the Indonesian authorities.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia