Sabah Customs sees hike in cigarette smuggling

SABAH Customs Department has recorded 480 cigarette smuggling cases with seizure of RM1.3mil and unpaid tax of RM5.5mil between January and June this year, an increase of 296 cases or 62.16% compared to the same period last year.

Its director, Datuk Dr Janathan Kandok, said the cases made up 62.41% of the overall smuggling cases recorded in the state during the period.

He said other cases were smuggling of liquor worth RM640,354.90 (103 cases), which dropped from last year’s seizure of RM325,000 (104 cases).

“Between January and June this year, the number of prosecutions done on cigarette and liquor smuggling cases had increased to 83 from only 40 recorded in the corresponding period last year.”

He said this after witnessing the handing over of duties from Sabah Customs deputy director Hamzah Sundang to acting deputy director Madrim Tasan.

Hamzah has been appointed as Terengganu Customs director effective Aug 18.

Meanwhile, Dr Janathan said the department was committed to combat smuggling of cigarettes and liquor, especially in eastern Sabah.

He said various strategies had been implemented to combat such activities, including road blocks, land and sea patrol, raids and joint-operations with Kota Kinabalu City Hall and Royal Malaysian Police. - Bernama

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