Vietnamese embassy verifies reported arrest of fishermen in Malaysia hinh anh 1A fishing boat of Vietnam seized by Malaysia (Photo: New Straits Times)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia is working with local authorised agencies to verify the information that 23 Vietnamese fishermen were allegedly arrested for illegal fishing in Malaysia’s territorial waters.

On May 22, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) informed about the arrest of the fishermen. According to MMEA, the fishermen, aged between 23-64, had been detained offshore, about 68 nautical miles from Kuala Tok Bali of Kelantan state when they were using nets on two boats for fishing.

Malaysia’s relevant forces also seized all seafood worth about 2.5 million MYR (more than 13 billion VND) on the two boats.-VNA