‘Check alleged presence of China patrol ship in Beting Patinggi Ali’

The photo of the China Coast Guard ship, taken allegedly near Gugusan Beting Patinggi Ali in Sarawak waters on Tuesday.

KUCHING: The frequent sighting of a China Coast Guard ship off the coast of Miri needs to be checked by the authorities, says a rattled Anaq Vaie Association president Pandi Suhaili.

Voicing his concerns to The Borneo Post yesterday, he said local fishermen had forwarded him a photo of the ship on Tuesday which they claimed was taken well within the Malaysian territorial waters.

“I received report from our fishermen and they sent me a photograph of the ship taken at 4pm yesterday (Tuesday) near (Gugusan) Beting Patinggi Ali. That is Sarawak waters,” he said yesterday.

Pandi, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member, added that he hoped the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) step up its patrol in the area.

He also urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who will be visiting China soon, to raise the issue with his Chinese counterpart.

“Our fishermen are very worried. Why is there a foreign patrol boat in our waters and what is it up to?”

Sightings of China Coast Guard vessels near Gugusan Beting Patinggi Ali, or South Luconia Shoals as it is internationally known, have been reported several times over the past few years.

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