Implement the law strictly

FOR people to have respect for law, and turn out to be law-abiding citizens, it is imperative that the authorities implement the law in letter and spirit. Any laxity in the implementation of law would only encourage violations, as happened in the case of a fisherman in Ras Al Khaimah.

By The Monitor

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Published: Tue 3 May 2005, 10:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:23 PM

The RAK Committee looking into fishing practices recently suspended a fisherman from fishing when it was found that he had violated fishing laws by fishing in protected areas and indulging in practices which were forbidden. What is worse is that the young fisherman was warned several times by the Committee against violating the law. Obviously, the warnings were not deterrent enough for the young man, and the Committee had to finally slap the suspension on him.

The Committee should ensure that such problems are nipped in the bud, failing which others would also be encouraged to break the law. This is particularly important in the area of fishing since this activity is one of the main sources of income and food in the state.

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