KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government will go all out to locate the oil tanker which went missing with 22 crew 30 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi, Johor on Thursday.
Najib said he was distressed by the news and prayed for the safety of all crew on board.
“I am distressed by the news of a missing Malaysian-owned tanker. I pray for the safety of the 22-strong crew, 16 of whom are Malaysians.
“My thoughts are with their families. The government will deploy our resources to locate it,” he said in his latest post on his Twitter and Facebook sites Sunday.
The Malaysian-registered vessel MT Orkim Harmony with 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol was sailing from Malacca to Kuantan when it went missing last Thursday.
Besides the 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national were also on board the tanker.
Search operations are ongoing with the Royal Malaysian Navy deploying three vessels with 150 personnel while the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency deployed a helicopter, three ships and a boat.