Ensure barter-traders don’t smuggle subsidised goods

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  • Monday, 11 Feb 2008

MYT 7:43:29 PM

MUAR: Enforcement authorities at all seaports have been urged to check on all barter-trading vessels from taking out goods subsidised by the Government meant for Malaysians.

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government was serious about putting a stop to the smuggling of such goods out of the country.

He said although barter-traders had the licence to buy goods from Malaysia to take back to their country, subsidised goods should not be included.

“If they want to barter-trade with our subsidised goods, they should pay at open market price, not at the prices meant for Malaysians,” he told reporters here on Monday.

Muhyiddin said the Government was concerned over the smuggling of such goods, including diesel and palm oil, out of Malaysia and had to beef up patrols along the borders.

He said the checks also covered the causeways to curb foreigners from taking out subsidised goods into Singapore, adding that the move should also cover barter-trading vessels.

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