He said the request for the extradition of the suspects would be submitted to Vietnam and Indonesia, the latest by this Tuesday.
"The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will conduct further investigation following a preliminary investigation by the Vietnamese authorities.
"We thank the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand for the cooperation extended to the Malaysian authorities," he told reporters after performing the Tarawih prayer at the Al-Khairiah Mosque, Selekoh here, last night.
He did not rule out the possibility of an inside man involved in hijacking the Malaysian vessel.
However, he said,
MT Orkim Harmony, laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of petrol, worth RM21 million, was reported missing at 8.57
The vessel, owned by Magna Meridian Sdn. Bhd, was carrying 22 crew, comprising 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national.
Following which an operation was carried out to track down the tanker. A P3C Orion
The missing MT Orkim Harmony was found safe, with its name changed to 'Kim Harmon' and its chimney painted black.
The Malaysian Navy then took over the search and rescue (SAR) operation and contacted the hijackers via radio, instructing them to release the 22 crew members.
The Navy also confirmed that there were eight hijackers armed with pistols and
The 22 crew
However, one of them, Indonesian Mavit Matin, 46, who is a cook, was injured from a
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese authorities detained eight Indonesian nationals, suspected to be the hijackers of the oil tanker, near