Terengganu’s fishermen caught between dwindling catch and corruption

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The fishermen on a boat returning to shore with their catch, near Marang in Terengganu. Their livelihoods have been impacted in a negative way by various factors in recent years. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 23, 2015.

Already struggling to make ends meet, the lives of Terengganu’s weather-beaten small-time fishermen are being made harder by competition from huge trawlers encroaching their waters, and corruption in local cartels that leaves them at the mercy of foreign fishing boats.

The Malaysian Insider’s recent visit to the fishing community at the seaside village of Marang found fishermen already struggling with the fact that they will have no familial successors, for the young find the job hard and the money too little.

A fibreglass boat now costs RM1,500, but the returns are little these days.

There is also competition from those who are more well-off in the trade and who own trawlers which catch almost every living being in the waters – squid, fish, prawns and crabs.

The small fisherman cannot compete. All he has is the camaraderie of his fellow fishermen on board and a net that has battled the elements, and can only haul in a much smaller yield. Read more

More graves found at Perlis border area

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A policeman watches over abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 26, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday confirmed the discovery of several more graves in the border area between Perlis and Thailand.

He said the graves were “part of the original graves discovered earlier”.

He said this to Bernama via the ‘Whatsapp’ application on the claim that several more graves of victims of human trafficking of the Rohingya ethnic group from Myanmar were found at Bukit Wang Burma, Wang Kelian, Perlis.

Meanwhile in ALOR STAR, a source from the national security forces confirmed that the graves were located near the ones found by the police in May.

“They are old graves, but recently discovered by the country’s security forces. They are located not far from the graves that we found last May,” he told Bernama, here tonight. Read more