Is catamaran registered in Sabah?

KOTA KINABALU: The authorities will check to see whether the catamaran carrying 31 people, including 28 tourists from China, is registered in Sabah or elsewhere.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said the Sabah government had ruled that catamarans could carry a maximum of 12 people, including the crew and skipper.

“A catamaran has a capacity of more than 30 passengers. However, the Sabah government limits the number of passengers for tourism purposes,” he told reporters at the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Sabah and Labuan Headquarters here on Sunday.

Catamarans registered outside Sabah can carry more than 30 passengers.

Pang said Jesselton Point and not Tanjung Aru Jetty, is the normal jetty used by boats to reach tourist resorts on islands on the west coast of Sabah.

The operator’s decision to switch to Tanjung Aru Jetty could be due to high passenger traffic at Jessselton Point due to the Chinese New Year celebration.

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