KUALA LUMPUR: Fishermen living in states affected by the spillover of the tropical Pabuk storm have been urged to heed the safety advice issued by the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) as well as other agencies.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin said fishermen should not put their lives at risk and work closely with the respective fishermen associations, Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) and the Fisheries Department.
“Do not take the risk and follow the advisory issued by MetMalaysia as well as other agencies.
“We do not want our fishermen to suffer from any injuries while conducting their fishing activities.
“Having that said, the ministry through LKIM and the Fisheries Department are monitory closely the situation and constantly engaging with fishermen on any updates (on the Pabuk storm),” he said when contacted today.
The ministry, he said, have taken numerous measures including the use of technology equipment to monitor the movements of fishing vessels subsequently protecting the safety of fishermen.
“Vessels belonging to Zone B fishermen have been equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS).
“Deep-sea fishing vessels, meanwhile, have been equipped with Mobile Transceiver Unit (MTU).
“The respective agencies will communicate with the fishermen using such devices in the event of any updates or distress call,” he said.
Sim was asked to comment on the safety of fishermen in the wake of a yellow stage heavy rain warning issued for Perlis, Kedah, Penang and northern districts of Perak by MetMalaysia.
Strong winds over 40km per hour (kmph), said MetMalaysia are expected to occur at the affected states causing damages to unstable structures as well as triggering risk of falling trees.