By: Aida Aziz
LUMUT: The four crew members of the Indonesian foreign fishing boat that suffered engine damage on March 22 at a position 7.7 nautical miles northwest of Pangkor Island have been handed over to the Indonesian government, early yesterday morning.
The victims were handed over to the Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy, Rizky Anugerah Putra, witnessed by the Consulate Officer, Gustav Wahyudi.
The handover was completed by the Deputy Director of Perak State Maritime Operations, Maritime Commander Fadzliana Fadzil to the consulate representative.
Perak State Maritime Director, Maritime Captain Mohd Hambali Ya’akup said, the repatriation of the victims will be done by Indonesia itself.
“The representative of the consulate agreed to accept the victims after completing the verification session and the documentation process,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Earlier, the boat suffered engine damage before being helped by Perak State Maritime in the waters of Pangkor Island.
In the meantime, Mohd Hambali said the handover of the Indonesian victim reflected the good relationship forged between Malaysia and Indonesia through close security.