MELAKA: Melaka police have locked horns with the state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair Ministry over announcing the seizure of misappropriated subsidised diesel worth RM186,000 at an illegal store in Krubong here.
In a message to the media, Melaka police claimed they had executed the 2pm raid on Thursday (Aug 4), and state police chief Datuk Zainol Samah was scheduled to give a press conference on Friday (Aug 5) afternoon.
However, the ministry held a press conference at 10am the same day claiming that its officers had conducted a two-week surveillance operation on the syndicate responsible.
State ministry director Norena Jaafar said some 12,000 litres of diesel were seized in the raid.
"The syndicate has been active for the past six months and obtained the diesel from local petrol stations," she said.
Norena said five suspects aged between 20 and 40 years were detained during the raid, including two foreigners.
She said a five-tonne lorry and 22 skid tanks were also seized in the raid.
Norena said the syndicate was believed to have sold diesel to industries at RM4 per litre after obtaining it at RM2.15 per litre from petrol kiosks.
She added that the case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961.
Meanwhile, Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said when contacted it was unfair for the police to be sidelined when they were the ones who carried out the raid.
"How come others can claim credit for our hard work?
"In the future, we will be (extra) careful before others claim credit for our success," he added.