Bid to smuggle fireworks and cigarettes foiled

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: Johor Customs ended 2002 with a bang when it foiled an attempt to smuggle in firecrackers, fireworks and cigarettes worth some RM2mil. 

The department's deputy director-general (prevention) Datuk Zaleha Hamzah said the contraband items were found in three containers at the Pasir Gudang port on Dec 26. 

She said the firecrackers and fireworks were found in two containers, while the third container contained cigarettes. 

“There were a total of 2,557 boxes of assorted fireworks and firecrackers, and 12,700kg of cigarettes. 

CONTRABAND ITEMS: Zaleha holding up a packet of firecrackers during the press conference in Johor Baru Wednesday, as other Customs Department officers look on.

“The firecrackers and fireworks are worth RM1mil with a total tax due of RM650,000, while the cigarettes were worth RM1mil with a total tax due of RM3.7mil,” she told a press conference yesterday. 

Zaleha said the smugglers had declared the fireworks and firecrackers as non-taxable rubber footballs and assorted pictures, which only carry a 10% sales tax. 

However, only a small amount of the declared goods were found in the containers. 

“The cigarettes were declared as computer casings and computer keyboards which are non-taxable goods, but my officers did not find any of these goods in the container. 

“The goods were believed to have been imported from China and according to import information were imported by three Johor-based companies,” she said.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

Terengganu MB thanks Selangor govt for RM500k contribution for flood recovery efforts
Vell Paari: MIC has no problems with PAS, has issues with ‘arrogant behaviour" of Kedah MB
Five charged with trafficking over RM340mil of drugs in Johor
Those feeling ill after coming from Covid-19 high-risk areas should be tested, says Sarawak health director
Mad rush for police permits ahead of strict enforcement in Sibu
Cops probe missing jewellery claim at Seremban hospital
Anwar files judicial review application to challenge govt decision over Emergency proclamation
Thaipusam: Devotees not allowed to accompany chariot throughout its journey to Batu Caves and back, says ministry
Lee Lam Thye: Enforcement of SOP must be done with integrity
Permai package has minimal fiscal impact, says Finance Ministry

Stories You'll Enjoy