Stopping the flow of illicit beer, cigarettes


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 11 Oct 2019

Sharifah (centre) with Customs officials showing some of the contraband seized in Sibu.

SIBU: The state Custom Department will intensify operations against those selling contraband cigarettes and beer to stop these items from flooding the market.

Department director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha said all parties, including businesses, were urged to be aware and abide by the law.

“To all customers, ensure you buy them from official sources.

“Cooperation from all parties is needed to ensure that there is no contraband in the market, ” she added.

Sharifah said her department welcomed information from the public about businesses selling contraband items.

“We want to make sure that businesses sell only legitimate cigarettes and beer which can be identified with the tax stamp, ” she said.

She said under Section 119A of the Custom Act 1967, those caught selling contraband goods could be fined up to RM100,000 or sentenced to a minimum of six months’ jail.


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