KUCHING: Thirty-one liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks, seized on Jan 23, have been handed over to the Sarawak Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).
Last Saturday, the General Operations Force (GOF) arrested a local man and seized a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle used for transporting the LPG tanks, at Kampung Raso, Jalan Ladang Sawit, Lundu.
The items were believed to be on their way to Indonesia. The GOF handed over the goods along with the detained individual to Sarawak KPDNHEP at about 9am on Monday (Jan 25).
“The total value of the seized items is RM10,824.60.
“Investigations found that the man did not have licence or permission to own or transact such controlled goods,” said a spokesperson.
The case is further investigated under Section 21 of the Supply Control Act 1961, read in conjunction with Regulation 3 (1) of the Control of Supply Regulations 1974.
If convicted, the offender (corporate body) can be fined not exceeding RM3mil for each offence; or if the offender is not a body corporate, can be fined not exceeding RM1mil for each offence or imprisonment not exceeding three years, or both.
The ministry, with other enforcement agencies, would continuously monitor, conduct inspections and take firm action from time to time to address the smuggling of subsidised controlled goods.