BANGKOK: Three years ago there were contradictory reports about what was happening in the waters at Pulau Langgun in Langkawi, where the Malaysian authorities claim that an armed robbery has taken place.
The Thai side claimed that the three Satun policemen and a deputy village head arrested by the Malaysian authorities were only doing their duty to prevent foreign fishermen from being banned in Thailand waters.
"Both parties (Malaysia and Thailand) have their own claims, but we will talk about them later (the claims from both sides) For now we want people (four Malaysians and four Thais) to return to their families for Hari Raya ( Aidiladha), "said Satun governor Pattanapon Rattanapichetchai yesterday to Bernama.
He said research into finding which side of the blame would have cost the incident time and could mean that all the men currently held by the Thai and Malaysian authorities would not be able to celebrate Aidiladha today with their loved ones.
Both sides said the governor had to talk to Aidiladha to solve the case, the governor said.
As a result of a meeting between Thai and Malaysian officials chaired by Pattanapon on Monday, four of the Malaysian fishermen detained at the Satun police station were released to Langkawi on Monday by the Thai authorities around 11 am (midnight in Malaysia).
The Thai side hopes that the Malaysian authorities will answer their gesture and release the three police officers and the deputy village chief currently held in Langkawi.
Monday's meeting went very well, according to which both parties support each other's efforts in resolving the case and preventing it from escalating.
According to him, the Malaysian authorities wanted to find measures by setting up a commission where both parties could discuss issues in areas such as trafficking in human beings, drugs and illegal fishing.
The meeting also agreed that both parties met more frequently and discussed issues regularly, Pattanapon said.
Despite the Malaysian authorities claiming a robbery, the Thai side challenged and claimed that a group of seven policemen, along with the village chief of Tanjung Po and his deputy, patrol waters near Koh Sam (Pulau Tiga), patrolled foreign fishermen. to hold .
The patrol party tried to arrest the invading foreign fishermen when the Malaysian authorities arrived and held the three Satun policemen and deputy village chiefs for alleged robberies.
They were taken to Langkawi for interrogation and their three pistols were confiscated, while the four Malaysian fishermen held by the Thai authorities were transferred to Satun.
The seven police officers, including the three currently held in Langkawi, have since been released from the service in anticipation of an official investigation, General Maj said. Supphawat Tapkiew of Satun police against Bernama. – Bernama