Army thwarts smuggling of 12,300kg of Holland onions across border

A local driver as been arrested, while a truck-load of Holland onions was confiscated by the authorities at the Sarawak-Indonesia border in Bau on May 7, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 8: The Malaysian army, stationed on the Sarawak-Indonesia border in Bau, thwarted an attempt to smuggle across 12,300 kilogrammes of Holland onions in two fully loaded trucks, valued at about RM61,500, through an illegal route yesterday (May 7).

The Malaysia Armed Forces First Infantry Division, in a statement today, reported that border guards intercepted two fully loaded trucks, a 7.5-tonne Toyota Dyna and a five-tonne Mitsubishi Canter, carrying covered cargo during patrol in Empaling Oil Palm Plantation in Kampung Stass, approximately 400 meters from the Indonesian border, at 9.30pm.

The army seized the two trucks loaded with Holland onions at Sarawak-Indonesia border in Bau on May 7, 2024.

Upon inspection, the army apprehended the local two truck drivers, aged 32 and 52.

They also discovered that the 7.5-tonne truck was transporting 5,300 kilogrammes of Holland onions valued at RM26,500, while the five-tonne truck contained 7,000 kilogrammes of Holland onion worth about RM35,000.

The total worth of the seized goods, including the trucks, is estimated at RM181,500.

Both the seized items and the arrested drivers were handed over to the Bau Police Station for further action.

The army affirmed its commitment to bolster border security and uphold Sarawak’s sovereignty, particularly by deterring illegal entry, smuggling, and cross-border criminal activities. — DayakDaily