Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo: EPA/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on May 22 called for more efforts to search for nine navy members who have been missing since May 20 as their boat lost contact during a regular patrol off the southern state of Johor.

In a social media posting, PM Najib expressed his wish that the search and rescue will be expanded and strengthened.

The same day, Malaysian authorities announced that 11 warships and two aircraft have been deployed to the scene to search for the missing navy boat.

The missing boat, which belongs to KD Perdana warship, carried one officer and eight others, went missing offshore Cape Sadili of Johor state on May 20. Before the incident, KD Perdana and the boat were chasing illegal foreign fishing boats out of Malaysia’s waters. 

Malaysia’s navy believed that the crew members may seek shelter on an island or a fishing boat in the area.-VNA