Ministry officials seize 44,000l of subsidised diesel in Labuan

LABUAN: The Labuan branch of the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry has seized 44,000 litres of subsidised diesel found in modified storage tanks of two vehicles.

Its director Junaidah Arbain, said the raid was carried out at an undisclosed location at noon on Monday (March 27), and the enforcement team also seized two containers used to store diesel, along with tools used for diverting controlled goods, with a total value of RM94,600.

She added that a 31-year-old local man, believed to be the owner of the storage room, was arrested to assist investigations under the Supply Control Act 1961 after he failed to produce any valid authorisation to store controlled items at the location.

"The case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act for possessing controlled goods with the intention of committing an offence, read together with Regulation 3(1) of the Supply Control Regulations 1974, for carrying out controlled goods transactions without a licence," she said in a statement.

She also said that an investigation will also be conducted under Section 20(1) of the same law, for removing controlled goods from licensed premises, she said.

According to the Control of Supplies Act, an individual can be fined not more than RM1mil, while for subsequent offences, not more than RM3mil or imprisonment for not more than three years, or both, upon conviction.

As for the company, if convicted, it can be fined not exceeding RM2mil, while for subsequent offences not exceeding RM5mil. – Bernama

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