Sabah Marine Police (Region 4) Commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the incident happened at around 7.30am when a Sandakan Marine police team was patrolling the waters of Gubbin Rock, near here.
"The team detained and inspected a tanker named Hai Lee 5 with registration number SSK00672K along with petrol suspected of being smuggled to the Philippines.
"The ship's captain also failed to produce a petrol storage and petrol handling permit and a letter of authorisation from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry,” he said in a statement here.
Mohamad Pajeri said all the seized items including the tanker estimated to be worth RM2 million and five crew members as well as the captain, aged 23-61 years, were detained and taken to the PPM Operations headquarters here to be investigated under Section 20 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961. - Bernama
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