Malaysia gets tough

The move is being read as an escalation in the country’s crackdown on sea crimes

Why Did Malaysia Just Burn an Illegal Fishing Vessel?

By Prashanth Parameswaran

On Wednesday, Malaysia made headlines when it burned an illegal fishing vessel out at sea. The move is just the latest that the country is taking to demonstrate its commitment to cracking down on the issue.

Illegal fishing has long been a problem for Malaysia (as it has been for a few other Southeast Asian countries as well, including Indonesia). A recent government estimate indicating that the country loses about 980,000 metric tons of fish a year estimated to be worth around 6 billion ringgit, mostly from fishing vessels coming from Thailand and Vietnam.

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