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Missing fence in Strait of Malacca

  • I Made Andi Arsana
    I Made Andi Arsana

    Lecturer at the Department of Geodetic Engineering, Gadjah Mada University

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Jakarta   /   Thu, May 9, 2019   /  12:26 pm
Missing fence in Strait of Malacca The Malacca Strait, a narrow 890-kilometer stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. (Shutterstock/File)

On April 9, a video went viral on social media. It shows Indonesian patrol officers in the Strait of Malacca, between Sumatra and the Malaysian Peninsula, reporting they were being chased by a Malaysian vessel. A Malaysian vessel was seen moving next to the vessel from which the video was recorded. The situation seemed tense, and the incident reportedly took place in Indonesian waters following the capture of Malaysian fishermen operating in Indonesian waters by Indonesian patrol officers. Maritime boundaries between Indonesia and Malaysia, particularly for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) water column, in the northern part of the Strait of Malacca have yet to be finalized. On the other hand, the division of the seabed, or continental shelf, between the two countries was already settled in 1969. Hence, ownership over the seabed has been made clear, but not that of the water column. ...

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