Man arrested for smuggling subsidised diesel in Johor

JOHOR BARU: A man was arrested for attempting to smuggle subsidised diesel on Thursday (Aug 18) at around 12.30pm.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Mohd Sohaimi Ishak said the 36-year-old suspect was detained by a police patrolling unit at a petrol station in Ulu Tiram, near here.

“The suspect was acting suspiciously while transferring the diesel into two tanks,’’ he said in a statement.

Supt Mohd Sohaimi said the two tanks placed at the back of the lorry can fill up to 200 litres of diesel each.

He said police seized the lorry and diesel from the suspect worth about RM20,500.

Supt Mohd Sohaimi added initial investigation showed the suspect did not have a criminal record.

The case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 for having controlled goods and intending to commit an offence with the items as well as not having a valid licence.

Under the Control of Supplies Act 1961, Section 22 (1), anyone found guilty will be liable to a maximum of RM100,000 or three years’ imprisonment of both.