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Frozen fish container from Vietnam seized
Published on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Labuan: The Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Service (Maqis) Labuan seized a 20-foot container having 11,700kg of frozen fish, believed imported illegally from Vietnam.

The Tilapia and Pangasius fishes weighing 2,000kg and 9,700kg respectively and worth RM66,600.11, are still inside the container which has been detained for further investigation at the Labuan Liberty Port.

Maqis Labuan director Nazrul Azman Mat Rahim said the container which was detained on July 25 at about 2.30pm was imported by the local importer without proper documentation.

"Based on our investigation the importer has violated the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728) and Rules," he said in a statement after conducting inspection at the Labuan Liberty Port, Thursday.

He said the consignment, which constituted a violation of import and export goods in Malaysia, was discovered based on intelligence efforts at the Labuan Liberty Port entry point.

"The importer had violated their import permit which is an offence under Section 11(1) of the Maqis Act 2011," he said.

He said the offender, who will be charged in court, is liable to a fine of not more than Rm100, 000 or not more than six years imprisonment or both upon conviction.

Azman said a total of seven cases were recorded since 2015 with six cases resolved with the importers concerned had been compounded.

"We will not tolerate for any wrongdoing of the importers especially cases involving import permit, and our enforcement focus will also be on the possible of containers storing halal, non-halal frozen meat together.

"We thanked the close cooperation from the Labuan Liberty Port Management Sdn Bhd (Labuan port operator) on the seizure of the consignment," Azman added.

He also disclosed the seizure of the three seedlings of 'Tin Trees' that were brought in illegally into the island via Labuan Airport by a passenger from Peninsular.

"The case will be referred to Labuan Agriculture Department," he said.

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