According to the report, Semporna is located in Tawau Province, Sabah. It is a world-famous diving spot with more than 30 dive sites. The accidental Karabuan Island is a hot spot that has been developed in recent years. However, local divers regard it as a black area because many fishermen often go there to fish.
The problem of illegal fish frying threatens the safety of tourists
It is reported that there is a long-standing problem of illegal fish frying in the waters off the coast of Semporna, which threatens the safety of tourists. However, the law enforcement units such as the Fisheries Bureau and the Marine Police are unable to effectively curb this illegal activity. Fish fry refers to fishermen using chemical fertilizers to make explosives and throw them into the sea to detonate fishing. However, the Malaysian government has long banned this type of fishing.
Omar pointed out that in fact, the police have always supervised and cracked down on illegal fish frying in the Sabah waters. However, the fishermen involved were very embarrassed and they only fished after the police patrol boat left. “The sea in Sabah is very large, and we can’t monitor every corner at all times.”
After the accident, the Malaysian Federal Government, the Sabah State Government and the Sabah Tourism Association all condemned the illegal fish frying and demanded that the authorities take drastic measures to prevent and deal with such illegal activities, safeguard the safety of tourists and protect the marine ecology. Badia, deputy director of the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, said that the accident was a rare case and tourists did not have to worry too much.
The Chinese Consulate General in Kota Kinabalu issued a statement after the incident, urging the Sabah police to ascertain the case as soon as possible, severely punish the perpetrators, and explain to the victims and their families.xx