Fishing boats must be equipped with life jackets and lifebuoys failing which their licence will be suspended for six months if caught by the authorities, said Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry deputy minister, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom.

Johari was quoted by BERNAMA as saying that the government had enforced the ruling since early this year and it had been proven these safety equipment saved lives.

The Kubang Pasu parliament member said there were still huge numbers of fishermen who neglected the safety ruling.