JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) foiled an attempt to bring in vegetables from Singapore on Wednesday (March 25).
The shipment was in a lorry coming from the island republic driven by a local and stopped at about 9am at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.
State Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman, in a statement Thursday (March 26), said the shipment comprising 42 boxes of baby beans, 21 boxes of watercress, 45kg of garlic, 4kg of bay leaves and 2kg of yellow chives did not have a valid permit.
"All of the RM2,037 worth of vegetables was seized as it did not adhere to the rules for import.
"The case is being investigated under Section 15(1) of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011, which carries a fine of up to RM100,000 or six years' imprisonment," she said, adding that the driver has been released after giving his statement.
She added that the import of seeds, saplings, stems, tissue culture and other forms to reproduce plants are required to be issued permits by Maqis.
Fruits and vegetables must have proper authorisation from the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama).
"The import of agriculture produce that does not follow proper procedure can bring devastation to the local farming industry, as these produce may carry harmful pests," she said.
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