ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has seized over 28 tons of red onions worth RM250,000 at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas here.
Johor Maqis director Hizzuan Hashim said the red onions were imported from Thailand and were seized during a routine inspection at the port at about 11.30am on Tuesday (April 13).
“Investigations showed that there were labelling errors made on the containers. The labels on the red onions were different from the documents declared, ” he said.
Hizzuan added in a statement on Wednesday (April 14) that the 28.35 tons of onions are worth around RM251,194.
He added that all the goods have been confiscated for further action and that the case would be investigated under Section 13 of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act for making a misleading declaration to the authorities.
The offence carries a fine of not more than RM50,000, a jail term of up to two years or both upon sentencing.