Tip-off leads Johor cops to more than 17,000l of subsidised diesel, nine arrested


JOHOR BARU: A tip-off led the police to arrest nine suspects and seize more than 17,000 litres of subsidised diesel worth more than RM48,000 in three separate raids here.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said that based on information, police arrested a 25-year-old local male at a petrol station along Jalan Hang Jebat in Skudai here at around 5pm on Friday (Sept 30).

He added that checks on the suspect revealed he has a previous record under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

“Following the first arrest, police then carried out a second raid at a storage facility along Jalan Ban Foo in Ulu Tiram at around 11pm, which led to the arrest of further seven suspects, including a foreigner, between the ages of 20 and 41 years old.

“Police then raided a third premise which stored the subsidised diesel along Jalan Nikel 3 in the Pasir Gudang industrial area at around 2.15am Saturday (Oct 1) and detained a 21-year-old male suspect,” he said in a statement.

Comm Kamarul Zaman added that in total, police seized 17,444 litres of subsidised diesel, four lorries, a van, six iron tanks and three plastic tanks during the raids.

He said the subsidised diesel was valued at RM48,494 while the total value of all seized items stood at RM281,494.

Comm Kamarul Zaman added that the case was being investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 and had been handed over to the Johor Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry for further action.

He said police would continue to carry out operations to put an end to the misappropriation of subsidised diesel, which would cause losses to the country’s revenue.

Comm Kamarul Zaman also urged those with information in regards to diesel smuggling activity to contact the state police hotline number at 07-221 2999 or 07-225 4677.

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