Call for more SE Asia patrols

Call for higher security ahead of joint patrols.

RI demands better patrols in Sulu Sea

Haeril Halim and Tama Salim

A number of its citizens having fallen victim to rampant piracy in the Sulu Sea in recent months, Indonesia has asked Malaysia and Philippines to intensify patrols in the waters pending a maritime pact coming into force.

The call was made following the kidnap of Indonesian national Herman Manggak, captain of a Malaysian fishing vessel, by armed militants off the coast of Sabah on Wednesday, the fourth case of kidnapping involving Indonesians since March 24.

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