China’s vessels off Miri coast ‘under control’, says minister


Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the presence of Chinese coast guard ships outside the Gugusan Beting Patinggi Ali (Luconia Shoals) waters, about 84 nautical miles from the coast of Miri is under control.

He was confident that direct communication between the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia and the Sarawak state leadership would be able to help in strengthening the confidence of the Sarawak people who were concerned about the presence of the ships.

In his meeting with Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem two days ago, Hishammuddin said he had informed that he would try to get the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Huang Huikang, to call on the chief minister soon.

He said he had directed Navy Chief Laksamana Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin to contact the Chinese Embassy to arrange for the meeting.

“In fact tomorrow in Sembrong (Johor) I will be with Ambassador Dr Huang to celebrate the Chinese New Year, so I can convey the message later… so do not worry, the situation is under control,” he said at a media conference after visiting the Heroes’ Mausoleum in Kuching today.

Hishammuddin, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sembrong (Johor), said this when asked on the presence of the Chinese coast guard ships in the area which was detected two years ago, which resulted in local deepsea fishermen fearing to go there.

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