THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement division busted a premises in Ipoh involved in ‘decanting’ subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) meant for domestic use and selling it to the industrial sector.
Perak enforcement division chief Mohd Khalis Kasim said a raiding team caught one 25-year-old foreign worker red-handed transferring the cooking gas from 12kg cylinders into 50kg cylinders.
He said his men seized a total of 605 big and small cylinders valued at RM50,999 during the 2.30am raid at the Seri Rapat Light Industrial area near here last Saturday.
Mohd Khalis said four 12kg cylinders were used to transfer the gas to one big cylinder which had numerical markings on them, probably meant for the regular customers.
He said the customers were either short-changed because there was a shortage of 2kg gas, or the 50kg cylinders were sold at a lower price to them.
“We have been monitoring the premises for the past three-weeks, and because the area is covered with high fencing, our officers had to carry out spying works from a jungle at the back.
“The owner has the licence as a wholesaler to buy and sell the cylinders, but instead he has been carrying out the illegal activity to make quick money. We are now looking for the owner of the premises for questioning,” he told reporters at the site yesterday.
A 12kg cylinder of gas for domestic use is sold at RM22.80, while the 14kg cylinder is sold for RM26.60. The 50kg LPG tank for industrial use is sold at RM178.
“By carrying out such illegal activities, the owner can easily earn between RM70 and RM80 by selling just one 50kg cylinder,” he added.
He said the case under Supplies Control Act 1961 carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or three years jail or both for a convicted individual or a maximum fine of RM250,000 for companies.