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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian maritime authorities arrested 16 Vietnamese fishermen from two boats they said were invading Malaysian waters without a license, the state-run Bernama news agency reported. The fishermen and their boats were detained on Friday off the state of Terengganu, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the Malaysian Maritime Control Agency (MMEA) said. “The controls carried out on the two boats revealed that 16 crew members, including the captains, aged between 18 and 62, did not have any valid identification document or license to fish in the country’s waters,” reported the director of the Terengganu MMEA, Captain Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli. like saying. “Two boats, fishing gear, catches and diesel supply were also seized,” he said. Malaysia and Vietnam are two of the countries that have overlapping claims on parts of the South China Sea. China claims most of the waterway. The fishermen, who were suspected of using false registration numbers, were taken for swab tests for the new coronavirus before being detained, Muhammad Suffi said.

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