Lahad Datu MMEA nabs five, foils attempt to smuggle 4,080kg of subsidised cooking oil

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Lahad Datu MMEA nabs five, foils attempt to smuggle 4,080kg of subsidised cooking oil

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Lahad Datu MMEA nabs five, foils attempt to smuggle 4,080kg of subsidised cooking oil

KOTA KINABALU: Five men - a local and four foreigners - were nabbed while attempting to smuggle 4,080kg of subsidised cooking oil in Lahad Datu on Tuesday night (April 5).

The raid was conducted at Kem Silam fishermen’s jetty at 10.15pm based on a public tip-off, the district MMEA said in a statement on Wednesday (April 6).“The suspects, aged between 20 and 50, were in the midst of moving the boxes containing the cooking oil from the lorries to the boat, believed intended to be smuggled into a neighbouring country, when they were discovered.

“Based on the subsidised cooking oil quota for purchase permitted for each household which is 2kg at one time, this illegal activity almost impacted 2,040 families in Sabah, and Lahad Datu district in particular,” it said.All suspects and seized goods were handed over to the maritime investigating officer for further investigations.

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Lahad Datu zone Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said it also confiscated a cargo boat, two lorries carrying the 240 boxes of cooking oil and two motorcycles used by the smugglers, bringing the total estimated value of seizure to RM234,096.Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the ship, loaded with palm oil waste, was spotted 23.× Copy URL Thai authorities arrest 40 Myanmar nationals who were trying to enter Malaysia illegally via Sadao, Songkhla, near the Thai-Malaysia border.The ministry's Enforcement director Azman Adam said all the cases were reported in Johor and two petrol stations were currently being investigated.

The raid was conducted at Kem Silam fishermen’s jetty at 10.15pm based on a public tip-off, the district MMEA said in a statement on Wednesday (April 6).8km) north-east of Tanjung Penawar at 3. “The suspects, aged between 20 and 50, were in the midst of moving the boxes containing the cooking oil from the lorries to the boat, believed intended to be smuggled into a neighbouring country, when they were discovered. Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. “Based on the subsidised cooking oil quota for purchase permitted for each household which is 2kg at one time, this illegal activity almost impacted 2,040 families in Sabah, and Lahad Datu district in particular,” it said. "The 105m long cargo ship was being operated by 18 Vietnamese crewmen, aged 22 to 50 years old. All suspects and seized goods were handed over to the maritime investigating officer for further investigations. Meanwhile, commenting on the issue of unstable chicken prices in some places, Azman said it should not have happened because the chicken price remained at RM8.

Article type: metered . "The ship was seized and all of them were detained under Section 491B(1)(L) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, which carries a fine of up to RM100,000 or maximum jail term of two years, or both if convicted," he said.