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AMBASSADOR OF VIETNAM SUMMONED TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ambassador of Vietnam to Malaysia, Le Quy Quynh was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 8 May 2019 to explain on the high number of encroachments of Vietnamese vessels into Malaysian territory. Deputy Secretary General YM Raja Dato’ Nushirwan Zainal Abidin received the Vietnamese Ambassador and handed over a protest note, expressing the Malaysian government’s objection to the repeated encroachments. The Vietnamese government was urged to take measures to rectify the situation.
During the meeting, the Ministry explained that a total of 748 vessels and 7,203 Vietnamese crew members were detained since 2006 until 2019. These encroachments into Malaysian waters by Vietnamese fishermen are not only a threat to Malaysian citizens but also a violation of Malaysia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Additionally, it also contravenes international law including relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.
Bilateral relations between Malaysia and Vietnam remains strong with both countries enjoying vibrant relations in a wide range of sectors under the Strategic Partnership framework. The repeated encroachments by Vietnamese fishermen would only hamper efforts made by both countries to strengthen relations.
The Ambassador of Vietnam took note of the protest and gave his assurances that the position of the Malaysian government would be conveyed to the Vietnamese authorities. Assurances were also given that these encroachments were illegal under Vietnamese law, and that the local authorities there would be informed of the matter.
8 May 2019