KUALA LUMPUR: Pirates attacks in the South China Sea are increasing and Malaysia has urged the bordering nations to work together to fight the threat, reports said Monday.
"Piracy there is not conventional any more. Pirates feel that the countries don't patrol the sea enough," Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper.
Zahid said that state-of-the art technology adopted by the navies of some littoral nations were useless without cooperation in combating the high-seas menace.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a global maritime watchdog, said there were 22 attacks reported in the area for the first 11 months of this year compared to 17 for the whole of 2008.
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Source: AFP (through Channel NewsAsia), "Malaysia urges focus on South China Sea piracy," November 30, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1021479/1/.h...