Myanmar worker caught decanting cooking gas


BUTTERWORTH: A Myanmar national was caught red-handed illegally transferring domestic cooking gas into industrial tanks here.

He was busy decanting liquefied petroleum gas from 148 domestic tanks into 42 50kg industrial-size tanks when Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry enforcement officials raided the premises in Jalan Siram here.

The ministry’s Penang director Mohd Ridzuan AB Ghapar said the nine-man team raided the store house on Wednesday and seized the industrial tanks – 125 14kg cylinders, 20 12kg cylinders, three 10kg cylinders, 39 connecting rubber hoses and a lorry.

The seizure was worth an estimated RM40,000.

He said the offence was under Section 20(1) of the Supplies Control Act 1961.

He said the operator of the premises admitted to carrying out the activity and employing the Myanmar worker.

“We have recorded his statement and investigations are in progress,” he added.

He said the raid was the second this year after the first one in Nibong Tebal last month and his team had been watching the premises for two weeks following a tip-off from the public.

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