Sarawak Customs Dept seizes smuggled goods worth RM3.09 mil in Bintulu as of May

The cigarettes and liquors seized by the Sarawak customs authority on May 10, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 16: Royal Malaysian Customs Department Sarawak has intercepted various smuggled products with a combined value including taxes worth RM3.09 million in Bintulu from January to May 10 this year.

According to a news report by TVS, Sarawak Customs director Norizan Yahya said the seizures involved 64 cases.

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The most recent seizure, involving liquor and cigarettes valued at RM550,807.75, with estimated tax value of RM1.86 million, was conducted after a raid on an unnumbered vacant premises at Kemena Industrial Estate Commercial Centre in Jalan Bintulu-Tatau, at 10.05am last Friday (May 10).

“The seized items includes 2,580,000 cigarettes and 6,147.36 litres of liquor, with a total estimated value of RM2.4 million, inclusive of duties and taxes,” he said in a statement today.

He further mentioned that despite an hour of surveillance, no individuals claimed ownership of the items.

The case is under investigation pursuant to Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967. If found guilty, the offender could be fined up to RM500,000 or imprisoned for up to five years, or both.

Norizan also highlighted the latest statistics, revealing that from January to May 2023, there were 42 recorded cases amounting to a total value and taxes of RM1,279,410.59.

“This marks an increase of 22 cases, with the total value and taxes rising by RM1,802,264.49,” he added. — DayakDaily

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