The Perlis National Border Security Agency (Aksem) today foiled an attempt to smuggle 18,700kg of subsidised cooking oil worth RM46,750 into Thailand. Pic by NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

PADANG BESAR: The Perlis National Border Security Agency (Aksem) today foiled an attempt to smuggle 18,700kg of subsidised cooking oil worth RM46,750 into Thailand.

It is the biggest haul of smuggled Malaysian subsidised cooking oil made by the agency this year.

Its commander, Syed Basri Syed Ali, said the state Aksem enforcement team had flagged down two lorries during a routine roadblock at Km24 of the Jalan Ulu Pauh-Padang Besar trunk road at about 7.30am.

"During the inspection, the team found 9,350 packets of subsidised cooking oil packed in 550 boxes in each lorry.

"The supply is believed to have been obtained in Kuala Lumpur and was en route to Thailand, where each one kilogramme packet of cooking oil is sold at RM3.80, about RM1.30 higher than the price for our domestic market," he told reporters here today.

Syed Basri said four men, aged between 24 and 39, were detained for further investigation under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1991, which carries a sentence of up to three years' jail, or a RM100,000 fine, or both.

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