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Joint patrols in our southern seas

INDONESIA’S Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has called for intensified joint patrolling in the waters that link Indonesia with the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei, all fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Malacca Strait and the waters linking the four countries must not become like the Somalia waters where piracy is rampant, he said.

Eight Filipino crew of a Taiwanese fishing vessel helped repel armed Somali pirates to retake their ship after it was hijacked off East Africa, reports said.

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