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Jakarta Post

Govt tells fisherfolk to stay on land after two abducted

  • Agnes Anya and Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  02:00 am

Two Indonesian consulates general in eastern Malaysia are calling on Indonesian fisherfolk to refrain from sailing after two fishermen were abducted by what the Foreign Ministry has called “an armed group”.

The call was issued by Indonesian consulates general in Kinabalu and Tawau on Thursday after the two fishermen were abducted in waters off Gaya Island in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.

“All Indonesian fishermen in Sabah should not go sailing until the situation is declared safe and there is a security guarantee from the local authorities,” the ministry’s Indonesian citizen protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, said in Jakarta on Thursday.

“Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has communicated with her Malaysian counterpart about the issue and requested security assurance for Indonesians working in Sabah, particularly the fishermen.”

Iqbal said t...