RM20,000 smuggled cigarettes seized
Customs to do operations in various districts: Director
Two foreign men were arrested by the Customs Department for having 2,115 boxes of contraband cigarettes, valued at RM20,000, during an operation in Kudat and Kota Marudu over the weekend. According to State Customs Director, Datuk Md Yusop Mansor, the two men, a 28-year-old IMMI3 holder and 32-year-old with a social visit pass, are currently detained for questioning. “The operation, which was conducted by Customs personnel from the City and Kudat, was aimed at ridding the two districts of contraband goods,” he said, adding that similar operation will be extended to other districts as sell. Yusop said the case will be investigated under Section 135(1) (d) of the Customs Act, 1967, which carries three years’ imprisonment or 10 times the value of seizure, or both. “We would like to advise the public to refrain from possessing or keeping critical goods such as cigarettes and beer. We will not hesitate to take stern action against the offenders,” he said. Meanwhile, in the first seven months in Kudat, a total of 23 cases were recorded, including seizures of contraband cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and cosmetics. Yusop also said that for the first eight months this year, the Customs in Kudat collected about RM90,000 in revenue, which is an improvement compared to only RM60,000 in the same period last year. “We hope the people will continue to provide us with tip-offs on any illegal activities in their respective areas. Similarly, I also hope that the Customs officers and personnel would be committed and hardworking so that we will be able to improve and effectively curb smuggling activities in Sabah,” he said.