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Jamal Yunos, DAP's Ng unite for Sekinchan fishermen

SABAK BERNAM: Opposing politicians sat at the same table in a rare show of solidarity with fishermen whose vessels were shot at and detained by the Indonesian authorities.
It was a rare occasion when Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos and DAP's Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim sat next to each other and spoke in support of the over 200 fishermen at the Lorong 4 fishermen’s jetty in Sekinchan here Friday.
Also there was Umno's Sungai Besar MP Budiman Mohd Zohdi.
Criticising the Indonesian authorities' "outrageous" action, Budiman said a memorandum of protest will be sent to the Indonesian Embassy on Monday morning.
He said what happened showed that Indonesia did not honour the MoU on the Common Guidelines Concerning Treatment of Fishermen signed by both countries on Jan 27, 2012 to protect those operating in the unresolved maritime boundary areas.
Jamal said Malaysian agencies had confirmed to him that the vessels did not enter Indonesian waters and questioned how the Indonesian authorities could "invade into our waters, attack and detain them."
“This is not the first time that they seized our fishing boats," he said.
Ng said it was clear that the Indonesian enforcement authorities had "infiltrated" local waters, and called on the Malaysian government to issue a protest note to the country.
It was reported Thursday that two Malaysian fishing vessels were seized while another vessel was shot at some 23 nautical miles off Kuala Selangor on Tuesday.
Sekinchan Fishermen and Fish Traders Welfare Association chairman Chia Tian Hee said that the vessels were still in Malaysian waters but the Indonesian authorities chased and fired shots at one of the vessels.
One vessel manage to return and berth at the jetty on Thursday afternoon with its crew of five Myanmar nationals on board.

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