Ministry seizes subsidised diesel valued at RM48,930 believed to be embezzled in Kuching

Matthew (right) and KPDN Sarawak enforcement chief Peter J Berinus Agang (left) are seen inspecting one of the storage tanks used to store the subsidised diesel.

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KUCHING, March 18: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) Sarawak has seized 5,800 litres of subsidised diesel valued at RM48,930, believed to have been embezzled in Kuching.

KPDN Sarawak director Matthew Dominic Barin said during Ops Tiris on March 17, an inspection conducted by the raid team on the premises discovered the subsidised diesel, together with a lorry, several empty tanks and other equipment.

“The case was investigated in accordance with Section 20(1) of the Supply Control Act 1961 for storing controlled goods in a place without permission,” he said in a statement today.

He added a total of 10 cases were recorded throughout the operation for violations under the Supply Control Act 196 in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Matthew added that KPDN Sarawak also carried out inspection on diesel oil wholesale chains involving 15 premises to ensure that the licensee obtains the supply of diesel fuel from a licensed distributor and sells to a legitimate buyer.

The ministry has conducted 177 inspections of petrol stations and diesel oil wholesalers throughout Sarawak since March 1 under Ops Tiris.

“Inspections are carried out to ensure that the traders involved comply with the Supply Act 1961 and the regulations under it,” he said. — DayakDaily