TAWAU: Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) has foiled an attempt to smuggle controlled goods of 15 tanks of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) worth RM12,990 in Tawau waters, here.
Tawau APMM Chief, Maritime Captain Anor Jaafar, said they have withhold a boat from going to Nunukan, Indonesia, from Pasir Putih River, Tawau.
Further investigation on the boat has found the 26-year-old local boat owner were carrying LPG tanks weighing 14kg each without proper permit from the Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Cooperatives, and Consumerism (KPDNKK).
“The boat and seized items has been brought to APMM jetty for more investigation under Control of Supplies Act 1961, for attempting to smuggle out subsidized goods to neighbouring country. The offence is punishable with a fine up to RM100,000 or three years of jail or both, if found guilty,” he said.
He added that the public can send information regarding on any emergency or suspicious activities happening in Tawau seaboard by contacting MERS line 999 or Tawau APMM Hotline, 09-752115. – SayangSabah