Contraband raids near Sarawak-Brunei border

The contraband goods comprising alcoholic beverages and cigarettes seized in the Kuala Baram district, northern Sarawak, by the authorities. Photo courtesy of General Operations Force, Miri.

MIRI: A major crackdown is being carried out to weed out contraband consumer goods sold in Miri and Kuala Baram districts, especially at shopping enclaves near the Sarawak-Brunei border which are popular among locals and Brunei tourists. 

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), General Operations Force (GOF) and other relevant agencies conducted several raids here yesterday and on Wednesday.

Three men were arrested for alleged bribery while RM422,000 worth of contraband goods were seized in an integrated enforcement operation in two commercial zones there.

The operation covered three raids on two mini markets and one sundry shop located about 15 minutes by road from the Sarawak-Brunei immigration checkpoint.

Miri GOF chief Supt Tan Hiap Seng confirmed the cases.

He said the three local men arrested were aged 30, 43 and 46, and were suspected to be outlet operators there.

“More raids are being carried out by these agencies,” he told reporters here after the raids.

Supt Tan said among the contraband goods seized were alcohol beverages and cigarettes.

“Those smuggling these goods into northern Sarawak are suspected to have used illegal routes to avoid paying taxes.

“Probes are ongoing to find out the source of these contraband goods,” he added.

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