Sunday, January 19

‘Govt to discuss maritime boundaries with Brunei’

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LIMBANG: The federal government will hold a roundtable discussion with Brunei Darussalam to seek an amicable solution to determine maritime borders for fishing areas.

This is because local fishermen, numbering about 143, had been complaining about the absence of boundary marks, which had hindered their source of livelihood.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the government needed to resolve the problem as the fishermen feared they might be apprehended by Brunei authorities for encroachment.

“We (Malaysia) are always mindful about strengthening our good relations with Brunei and we will raise this matter in the interest of both countries.

“It includes flexibility to permit our fishermen do their fishing activity for certain durations within the permitted boundaries,” Noh told a dialogue organised by Sarawak Fisheries Department with Limbang fishermen yesterday.

At the same time, he urged the fishermen to assist in looking for alternative ways to solve the problem.

Noh is confident that the meeting with Brunei will result in a solution that will benefit the fishermen.

Recently, fishermen, especially those from Limpaku Pinang bay area, had been apprehended by the neighbouring country for trespassing.