IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Executive Director of the Maritime Study Center for Humanity, Abdul Halim, asserted, the Government including the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) is expected to continue to encourage more lively fishing activities by Indonesian fishermen in the Natuna Sea which is part of the national waters.
“In international diplomacy, attendance is a keyword that must be won,” Abdul Halim said.
For this reason, Abdul Halim also agreed that the CTF must truly develop the national marine and fisheries sector continuously so that the existence of the Republic of Indonesia is truly felt in Natuna.
Previously the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan proposed the purchase of a large ocean-going vessel to protect the Indonesian seas.
This was done following the incident of the entry of Chinese coast guard vessels into Natuna waters, Riau Islands, which escorted several fishing vessels from the panda country in those waters in December 2019.
“I suggested that there be a longer ocean-going ship. We have never had it as long as this republic was independent. “Earlier with Mr. Bowo (Prabowo Subianto) wanted to buy a 138-140 meter frigate,” he said.
Luhut said larger ships were expected to strengthen Indonesia’s sea guard.
In his meeting with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Luhut also said the government had agreed to increase patrol ships at the border.
The Coordinating Minister Luhut also requested that the problem of the entry of Chinese ships into Natuna waters not be exaggerated.
Separately, Former Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti expressed his hope that the government could continue to enforce the law against anyone who carries out fish theft activities in national waters.
“Treat fish thieves with law enforcement for what they do,” Susi said in her social media account monitored in Jakarta on Monday.
Susi Pudjiastuti asserted that law enforcement including expelling fish thieves is different from maintaining a friendship or investment climate. (dan)