KUALA LUMPUR – At least eight armed hijackers were spotted on board a Malaysian fuel tanker that went missing last Thursday and has now been traced to Cambodian waters, according to the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the hijackers on board the MT Orkim Harmony, now repainted and renamed Kim Harmon, were armed with pistols and machetes.
They also spoke in Malay with an Indonesian accent, he said in a tweet.
Abdul Aziz said RMN officers on board the navy vessel KD Terengganu were persuading the hijackers to surrender.
“The KD Terengganu is shadowing the vessel and is in communication with the vessel’s captain. All crew are safe and unharmed,” he said.
The tanker went missing at 8.57 pm on June 11 as it was ferrying the petrol from Melaka on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia to Kuantan on the east coast.
Of the 22 crew on board the vessel, owned by Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd, 16 are Malaysian; five, Indonesian and one, a Myanmar. – BERNAMA