KOTA BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will continue monitoring waters off Kelantan to ensure no fisherman or angler goes out to sea as the state is buffeted by strong winds and high waves.
Kelantan MMEA director Captain Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob said the move was taken to prevent any untoward incident.
He also warned that stern action will be taken against those found not to be wearing life jackets while at sea.
"I would like to advise anglers as well as fishermen not to carry out activities during this period, as the Meteorology Department has warned of strong wind and rough seas since yesterday (Tuesday).
"Our patrol boat will monitor the situation closely, as we do not want anything bad happening to the public," he said in a statement today.
Nur Syam said he was informed by his officers conducting surveillance in state waters that waves have reached up to five metres.
"This situation might pose a risk to small boats. Therefore, those who want to go out to sea should postpone their plan," he said.
In its latest update, the Meteorology Department stated that strong northeasterly winds of 50-60 kmph with waves up to 4.5 metres are expected in waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Eastern Johor until later today.
The weather conditions are dangerous to all shipping and coastal activities, including fishing and ferry services.