• Malaysian-flagged tanker missing: piracy watchdog

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    KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian-flagged tanker carrying petrol has gone missing off the south coast and is feared hijacked, the International Maritime Bureau said on Sunday. The owners of the MT Orkim Harmony last had contact with the ship late Thursday, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Center. Malaysian media quoted the coast guard as saying the ship was in the South China Sea off Johor state when contact was lost. Choong said that after the vessel went missing, an alert had been sent out to all ships in the area to guard against attacks. “We don’t know the whereabouts of the ship right now or what happened but it is likely a hijack of the cargo,” he said. Prime Minister Najib Razak posted a message on his Facebook page saying he was “distressed by the news.”

    AFP

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