Saturday January 22, 2011
M'sian tanker and crew saved from pirate attack in Gulf
Reports by K. ASHRAF KAMMED, SHARIDAN M. ALI, SHAUN HO and ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy earned a feather in their cap when they rescued Malaysian chemical tanker MT Bunga Laurel and its 23 crew members from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. All 18 pirates surrendered.
The Singapore-bound tanker, which was carrying lubricating oil and ethylene dichloride, was attacked by pirates about 300 nautical miles (555km) east of Oman but swift action by navy commandos on board the RMN ship Bunga Mas 5 saved the day.
Over at the Arabian Sea, Somali pirates suffered another blow after South Korean special forces stormed a hijacked freighter.
> Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated the navy heroes, saying Malaysia was studying international laws on how to deal with detained pirates;
> Praises were heaped on the Royal Malaysian Navy, with many saying the episode underscores the nation’s commitment to fighting piracy.