Two arrested for allegedly possessing 520 litres of  illegal diesel in Sibu

Two ministry officers with the illegal diesel seized from the suspects.

SIBU, July 5: Two men were about to leave the petrol kiosk on Saturday when they were arrested for allegedly having in their possession 520 litres of illegal diesel worth RM50,959.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Sibu branch chief Kelyn Bolhassan said the duo, aged 23 and 63, had just pumped the diesel into several jerry cans which were placed at the back of their two four-wheel-drive vehicles when they were caught.

The alleged offence was committed at a petrol kiosk in Jalan Oya Lama here on Saturday (July 4).

“The two suspects have failed to provide any document to prove that they have the permit to own such a large quantity of diesel, a control item,” he said.

They were subsequently detained for investigation under Section 21 of the Supply Control Act 1961.

However they were released temporarily later after having their statement taken while waiting for further action.

The offence provides for a fine of RM1 million for an individual offender and RM2 million for a company if convicted in court.

Kelyn said action would also be taken against the operator of the petrol kiosk for selling the diesel in large quantity to the suspect.

Kelyn said under the law, members of the public are not allowed to purchase diesel or petrol more than the quantity of their vehicle petrol tank without permit.

“Petrol stations are also advised not to sell the two items to the public more than the quantity allowed under the Act. Stern action would be taken against them if they are caught,” he warned.

Meanwhile he said members of the public who would want to provide information or complaints against errand traders could do so through various channels.

This includes through the ministry email, or report it to its office at telephone number 084-335622. -DayakDaily