"To stop piracy attacks in the Malacca Straits, Indonesia needs to improve its governance," Mak Joon Num, an analyst at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, said in an interview. Mak
was one of the speakers in the two-day conference on maritime piracy, which was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
in the capital of Malaysia, one of the littoral states of the Strait of Malacca and the seat of the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center
recalled that in the late 1990s former strongman Soeharto, embarrassed by piracy attacks, ordered a massive crackdown on suspected Indonesian pirates and for several years there were no piracy cases in Indonesian waters, including the Strait of Malacca.
"Fishermen are attacked all the time and piracy has become a sustainable activity," Mak
It can only be solved by tackling issues in Indonesia such as corruption," Mak
said, adding that Indonesia has to settle its boundary dispute with Malaysia as it is providing renegades with reason to arrest fishermen's boats.