JOHOR BARU (11.12.12): Eight pirates were arrested by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) while they were in the midst of robbing a ship off the coast of Tanjung Stapa in Pengerang, Malaysia.

MMEA (Southern Region) Maritime First Admiral Adon Shalan said the Indonesian pirates approached the ship [reports state as Merlion Dua, right] in a wooden boat.

“We believe that the robbers were hoping to get away with some valuables from the crewmen and steal oil from the ship,” he said during a press conference at the Stulang Laut Jetty here.

Adon said MMEA officials received information about the robbery attempt at around 2.30am yesterday and immediately sent their officials to the scene.

“As three of our boats approached the ship, a group of about 10 robbers who were still on board the wooden boat noticed us and sailed away.

“They, however, left eight of their accomplices on board the vessel,” he said, adding that the robbers were eventually discovered hiding in one of the cabins.

He said the suspects were aged between 23 and 46 and did not posses proper identification papers.

Adon said upon further checks, officials also found a parang on board the vessel.

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