Seven Malaysian fisherman detained by Indonesian authorities

The families of the seven fishermen who were detained in Indonesian water on March 9, are getting confused by the days.

Their representative, Ariss Baba, believes that the Indonesian authorities are simply delaying the release of the seven fisherman, which includes his son, Redzuan Ariss,35.

“The charge was released two months after they were being apprehended in Bengkalis Prison Indonesia. The charge is not reasonable because the issue was not raised earlier in their detention,” he said.

He hoped the Malaysia government will take the issue seriously and hasten the release of the fishermen.

“We are only ordinary kampung folks. We hope our families will be released soon,” he said.

The wife of another victim, Juriah Othman, 33, said her husband denied the said indictment.

She said, “My husband told me they have not entered the waters of Indonesia and they have been fishing in those waters for years.”

Juriah also said her husband, Zainuddin Hamzah, 53, suffers from heart disease and is not well. He is on medication and depended on constant doctor’s monitoring to control the disease.

Juriah has to stay with her parents now because she is not working and had to be responsible for her’s son schooling expenses.

“My son, Mohd Hazif, 13, and I depended on my husband for our livelihood, but now that he is imprisoned in Indonesia that livelihood is gone.”

In the March 9 incident, boat skipper, Ibrahim and his crews, Redzuan Ariss, 35,  Mohamad Zamri Hamzah, 26 and Subani Samsudin, 40, were apprehended by the Indonesian authorities.

While Zainudin Hamzah, 53, was apprehended with two of his crews, Rosli Abd Rahid, 34, and Jamil Mat Top, 53,  on a tug boat which was fishing 12.5 nautical miles from the waters of Senggarang near Tampok.