Maqis foils attempt to smuggle live catfish, frogs into Singapore

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) foiled an attempt to smuggle more than RM2, 300 worth of live catfish and frogs hidden in a van headed to Singapore.

Johor Maqis director Hizzuan Hasim said enforcement personnel found a hidden container during an inspection on a van heading towards the Singapore at the Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar near the Second Link, Tanjung Kupang here at 10am on Tuesday (June 8).

He also said that the manifest declared that the van was carrying fish for export.

"An inspection revealed 20kg of live frogs and 20kg live catfish worth RM2, 300 without an export permit hidden among the other fish to confuse enforcement officers.

"We recorded the statement of the 18-year-old van driver and all unpermitted items were confiscated," he said in a statement here on Wednesday (June 9).

He added that it was an offence under Section 11(2) of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 to export produce or livestock without a valid export permit from Maqis, punishable under Section 11(3) of the same Act.

The offence carries a fine of not more than RM100, 000 or a jail term of not more than six years, or both upon conviction, he said.

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