SERIAN: An attempt to smuggle 1,800.46 litres of diesel was thwarted by the General Operations Force (GOF) last Thursday (July 30).
The items were being transported by a person using a lorry. The subsidised controlled goods seized plus the lorry were valued at RM93,276.84; they were handed over to the Sarawak Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) by GOF on the same day at 6pm.
In a statement, the ministry said the driver did not have a licence or permission to own or conduct transactions of such goods.
The case will be further investigated under Section 21 of the Supply Control Act 1961 and read with Regulation 3(1) of the Supply Control Regulations 1974.
If convicted, a corporate body is liable to a fine not exceeding RM3 million for each offence. If the person is not a corporate body, he or she is liable to a fine not exceeding RM1 million for each offence or a jail term not exceeding three years or both.
KPDNHEP said it would, in collaboration with departments and enforcement agencies, continuously monitor, conduct inspections and take firm actions from time to time to address the illegal outflow of subsidised controlled goods.