Warning against intrusion near oil rigs

Dateline 2018-05-05, Daily Express:

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will take stern action against those caught intruding into oil rig areas in the State waters and conducting fish bombing activities.

Its District Director, First Admiral Adam Aziz, said the agency arrested seven people who did not possess any valid documents in the past two years for intruding into the restricted areas.

He said items worth an estimated RM15,000 were seized, including pump boats, which would be destroyed according to the procedure set under the Malaysian law.

“The agency will identify the boats’ registration numbers, issue warnings and take appropriate action against their owners.

“Most of these wrongdoers had intruded into the said areas for fishing and some were seen smoking cigarettes and even cooking their meals under the rigs, posing safety risks to the oil rig workers and fishermen,” he said.

“Those caught intruding into those areas risk a RM10,000 fine or two years’ jail, or both, under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959,” he added.

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