Johor Maqis seizes 250kg of produce being smuggled into S'pore


Some of the items that were discovered during routine checks.

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has seized 250kg of local agricultural products destined for Singapore at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) here.

Johor Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman said that the products without permits were discovered during routine checks by the department's officers on Thursday (Nov 19).

“We found the agricultural products, including fish such as grouper and sea bass, frozen frogs, soursop and other local produce valued at about RM2,500 during a routine check.

“The lorry ferrying the products was on its way to Singapore through the KSAB lorry lane, ” she said in a statement here Saturday (Nov 21).

She added that further inspection on the lorry found that only the Spanish mackerel (ikan tenggiri) on board had an export permit, which was used to mislead the authorities.

She said that the case is being investigated under Section 11(2) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Services Act 2011 for the export of agricultural products without an authentic permit from Maqis and those found guilty could be sentenced under Section 11(3) of the same Act.

This entailed a fine of not more than RM100,000, a jail term of not more than six years or both upon conviction.

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