Thorough check: State Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry enforcement officers inspecting the van’s modified fuel tank at the service station in Gunung Keriang, Alor Setar.
ALOR SETAR: A man, who was filling up his modified van with subsidised diesel, fled upon seeing a group of enforcement officers surrounding his vehicle.
He escaped, leaving the diesel pump nozzle still stuck in the fuel tank at a petrol station in Jalan Gunung Keriang, near here.
A team of seven officers from the state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Department who went undercover at the petrol station used their vehicles to block the van from the front and the back.
The operation, codenamed Ops Titik, took place at about 12.30pm yesterday.
Department deputy director Khalid Tik said his men went undercover after a tip-off that the petrol station had been supplying a high amount of diesel.
“We saw a van bearing a Malaysian registered number plate drive into the station.
“The driver pumped diesel a total of eight times, which came up to 600 litres. Each time, he filled up for RM150 and he spent a total of RM1,200,” said Khalid.
He also said the van’s back passenger seat has been removed and modified to hold two tanks.
“Each tank could be filled with up to 1,000 litres of fuel,” he said.
Khalid said the man was believed to have transported the fuel to the Malaysia-Thailand border before transferring the tanks into a Thai-registered vehicle and brought into Thailand.
Initial investigations showed that the man had been pumping diesel at the station since 12.10pm and the last transaction was made at 12.56pm, Khalid said.
“Besides seizing the van, we confiscated 15,000 litres of diesel worth RM30,000 from the petrol station,” he added.