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Malaysia’s Clarification On The Hijacking Of Singapore’s MT Joaquim

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PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia would
like to confirm that MT Joaquim, a Singapore-flagged oil tanker, was hijacked on
08 August 2015 off the coast of Port Dickson, Malaysia, while sailing from
Tanjong Pinang, Indonesia to Langkawi, Malaysia. MT Joaquim was later found off
the coast of Pulau Rupat, Indonesia on 09 August 2015 by Malaysia Maritime
Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Based on information received from the relevant Malaysia authorities, this is
the first incident in Malaysia’s maritime areas in the Straits of Malacca in
2015.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia would like to further inform that
active patrol and surveillance of Malaysia’s maritime areas including in the
Straits of Malacca have been undertaken by MMEA and other Malaysian agencies
including the Royal Malaysian Navy.

In addition to the unilateral efforts, the littoral states of the Straits of
Malacca and Singapore have put in place cooperative arrangement in the form of
Malacca Straits Patrol (MSP) in 2004. The MSP consists of two components: the
Malacca Straits Sea Patrol (MSSP) and the Eyes in the Sky (EiS) maritime air
surveillance. This cooperative arrangement has proven to be successful in
reducing the number of piracy and armed robbery at sea (actual and attempted) in
the Straits of Malacca and Singapore from 38 cases in 2004 to 02 cases in 2014.

Nevertheless, taking into account the sophistication of maritime crime and
criminal activities at sea, Malaysia calls on all littoral states to strengthen
further their cooperation under the existing framework, enhance the sharing of
information and intelligence as well as to undertake collective efforts to
ensure continued safety and security in the Straits of Malacca.

While other interested countries have indicated their interests to assist
Malaysia and other littoral states in these efforts, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Malaysia would like to inform that Malaysia holds the view that the
littoral states have the primary responsibility in ensuring security in the
Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and consistent with Malaysia’s existing policy
on maritime security, such assistance would be limited to capacity building,
sharing of information and intelligence, and such assistance should not impinge
on Malaysia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

DATO’ SRI ANIFAH AMAN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA

Source : Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Name : Syazwani binti Abd Latif
Assistant Director
Department of Communication and Public Diplomacy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
Tel: 03 – 8887 4188
E-mail: [email protected]

–BERNAMA

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