The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has formed a group to probe the pirate attack on a Thai tanker on June 23 (Photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has formed a group to probe the pirate attack on a tanker carrying 3.8 million litres of diesel owned by a Thai company in waters off Kuantan, Malaysia on June 23.

In a statement on June 27, Zulkifili Abu Bakar, Director General of the MMEA said the agency had contacted the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre to investigate the case.

The MMEA has also worked with agencies of neighbouring countries, including Indonesia’s Tau Armada Command and the Singapore Police Coast Guard as the agency believes it is a cross border crime.

"Pirates attack tanker offshore Malaysia"

All sides can share information and intelligence to prevent similar cases and help with the investigation, he added.

According to the MMEA, the attack occurred on June 23 when the tanker was en route from Singapore to Songkhla, southern Thailand.

The attackers threatened the captain and crew members with guns and knives before destroying the ship’s communication system. They stole about 1.5 million litres of oil then left. All 17 members of the ship were unhurt.-VNA