THE Persatuan Pengusaha Restoran India Malaysia (Primas) has urged its members to reject the sale of smuggled cigarettes and liquor, in support of the recently launched Ops Outlet 2.0 by the Customs Department, whereby consumers are encouraged to come forth with information pertaining to the sale of the contraband.
Primas vice-president C. Krishnan said, “Ops Outlet has proven to be an effective mechanism to ensure that honest retailers are not affected by the illicit cigarette trade.
“However, we feel that the Customs Department should enforce stricter laws and make inspections not only at retail outlets but also at the jetties, which are usually the first point of entry for smuggled goods into the country.
“At our level, we support the cause by educating our members to not take risks by selling illicit cigarettes at minimal prices.”
Those caught selling illegal cigarettes could be jailed up to three years, fined up to 20 times the value of the seized items, or both.
Krishnan and several Primas members went on a walkabout in the Klang Valley recently to visit their fellow members and dissuade them from trading in smuggled cigarettes and booze.
Those with information on such illegal activities can call the Customs hotline 1800-88-8855.