Malaysian coast guard vessels chased away more than 100 fishing vessels thought to be Chinese out of its maritime territory off Borneo, the coast guard chief said on Wednesday.

The Director of the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency, AhmadPuzi Ab Kahar, said the foreign fishing boats were out of the country’s maritime border.

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He said the boats were first spotted in Malaysian waters by the coast guard on March 24, near Luconia Breakers off the state of Sarawak in Borneo.

“Patrols had been intensified to avoid further intrusions,’’ he said.

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The suspected fishing boats did not bear flags or registration numbers but one Chinese coast guard vessel was seen escorting them and another was spotted anchored near the Luconia Breakers,’’ AhmadPuzi said.

According to a report, the shoal is about 155 kilometres off the town of Miri on the Sarawak coast.

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Report says China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including areas disputed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Vietnam.

It noted also that the Beijing-claimed area just reached the Luconia Breakers. (dpa/NAN)