PUTRAJAYA: When Malaysian-registered MT Orkim Harmony disappeared on June 11, 2015, a massive search for the vessel was launched.
The ship belonging to Syarikat Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd was en route from Melaka to the Kuantan Port in Pahang when it disappeared.
Six days into the search, a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft spotted the oil tanker and its cargo of petrol worth RM21 million in the waters of the Gulf of Siam. Its 22 crew, comprising 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and one Myanmar national were safe though one sustained a minor injury during the ship’s hijacking.
Two days later, eight Indonesians suspected of hijacking the ship were detained by Vietnamese authorities near Tho Chu Island, South Vietnam.
This is the seventh hijacking incident in Malaysian waters, specifically in the South China Sea, and raises questions on the safety of the country’s territorial waters…
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