TAWAU – The Home Ministry wants fishermen in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) to invest on installing the Automated Identification System (AIS) on their ships or boats for security purposes.
Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the device could help the security forces in monitoring and identifying movements of over 800 commercial ships in the ESSZone on a daily basis.
“The fishermen can refer to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry on the installation of the AIS because the system can send an emergency signal to the security forces immediately should there be any untoward incidents,” he told Bernama here today.
He was commenting on the incidents where a group of armed men kidnapped a trawler owner and robbed his 26 crew members in waters off Gaya Island, Semporna before committing another robbery in Tungku waters, Lahad Datu last night.
It was reported that the boats involved were not equipped with AIS and other communications devices as recommended by the authorities; had been operating within the curfew zone off Sabah; and did not carry an exemption permit from the respective district police chiefs.
Meanwhile, Nur Jazlan also advised the fishermen to carry out their activities within the controlled areas by the security forces and to not violate the curfew.
They also need to have good ties with the security agencies in the ESSZone, especially with the Eastern Sabah Security Command and to inform the movements of their ships or boats when they go out for fishing activities, he said.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the 39-year-old kidnapped victim last night was identified as Ruslan Saripin, also known as Haji Nasir. – BERNAMA