3 held for smuggling petrol in Semporna
Published on: Monday, April 13, 2020
By: Lagatah Toyos
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SEMPORNA: Three Palauh men suspected smuggling a total of 1,160 litres of petrol were nabbed at Tg Menimpa waters on Saturday. No document papers issued from the authority were found on them.

Sabah Region 4 Marine Police Commander, ACP Mohammad Pajeri Ali said the suspect aged between 26 and 40, were carrying the petrol on three boats.

“Survey and monitoring duty by our team found that the petrol did not have approval from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs and we believed that the fuel was to be smuggled out to a neighbouring country,” he said.

Mohammad Pajeri said the seizure estimated at RM40, 269.25 and the suspects were taken to the district marine police base for further action.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supply Act, read together with the Control of Supply Regulation, which carries fine of up to RM1 million and three years imprisonment, if convicted.

According to him, even though marine police focused on enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the state’s waters, they never ignore their main role of combating cross-border crime such as smuggling activity and entry of illegal immigrants.


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