KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will lodge a diplomatic protest against an alleged incursion by a Chinese Coast Guard ship into its waters off Borneo island in the disputed South China Sea, a top naval official said on Tuesday amid a continuing standoff with the vessel.
Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said that since late 2014, intrusions by Chinese ships into Malaysian waters have been a daily affair with Kuala Lumpur protesting to Beijing each time.
Abdul Aziz told Agence France-Presse that the Chinese vessel involved in the latest incident remained in Malaysian waters.
“We are maintaining our presence there. We are shadowing the vessel continuously. It is a case where they want to maintain their presence there but at the same time we are there to make sure and tell them that this is our waters,” he said.