Sunday, August 27, 2006


I found a copy of the Malaysian Maritime Authority journal lying around the house. And I read it. Well, not all of it. Just an article about piracy. Not the digital kind, rather the high seas kind (no! Really?). Yeah. Apparently, piracy is still a pretty big thing these days. It's understandable, given that most of the world's freight still has to be transported via ships. That, and stuff like oil rigs and refineries and such are strategically placed on water.

Famous cases? There was an incident in the Straits of Malacca, about a year ago. In 1985, Palestinians took over a large vessel off Egyptian waters, as a move to get the Israelis to release prisoners.

See, one of the main reasons why piracy is such a big deal from a Malaysian perspective is because, we have the Straits of Malacca. About 300 ships pass through daily, and it's Malaysia's, Indonesia's and Singapore's best interests to keep it safe. Recently I picked up a phrase from Azrul; Laws of the Sea. It's a UN convention that basically states that it's any country's perogative to rid the seas of pirates, in order to protect the greater good, disregarding sovereignity issues.

Where am I going with this? I don't know, people. Just some food for thought. In the meantime, I will have myself a bowl of cereal with chopped fruits. Cos we didn't cook anything for dinner. Which is fine.

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