Fishy business: Johor Maqis seizes 27,000kg of frozen 'cencaru' without valid import documents

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has detained a container ferrying frozen fish worth more than RM100,000 from Vietnam at the Pasir Gudang port here.

State Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman said that the seizure was made following a routine inspection carried out by enforcement officers at around 5pm on Wednesday (Feb 24).

"Following checks, we found 27,000kg of ‘ikan cencaru’ (torpedo scad) worth about RM113,603 from Vietnam.

“The items were seized as the documents handed over to the Maqis enforcement officers contradicted the information and declaration stated on its import permit, ” she said in a statement here on Friday (Feb 26).

She added that the case is being investigated under Section 13 of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728) for declaring a false, inaccurate or misleading document, and if convicted, the offender faces a maximum fine of RM50,000, two years' imprisonment or both.

“Maqis is committed to carrying out enforcement activities and will continue to monitor all international entry points of the country to avoid diseases coming from animals and plants while also ensuring food security is protected, ” she said.

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