PADANG BESAR: The Malaysia Border Security Agency (Aksem) had foiled an attempt by a Thai man and his father to smuggle out 1,234 kg of subsidised cooking oil Wednesday.
The duo was arrested separately at Tasik Melati, Wang Kelian within the span of an hour.
Perlis Aksem Commander Deputy Superintendent Syed Basri Syed Ali said the 35-year-old man was detained at 10.15pm, followed by his 57-year-old father.
He said an Aksem team flagged down the Proton Saga driven by the man for behaving suspiciously.
Upon inspection, the team found 574 packets of 1kg cooking oil worth about RM1,435 in the car's rear seat and trunk.
Syed Basri said about an hour later, the team stopped the man's father, who was travelling in a van at the same location.
"Upon inspecting the van, the team found 660kg of cooking oil and 400kg flour, with estimated value of RM1,700 and RM540 respectively.
"We seized the controlled items together with the vehicles and the case had been handed over to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry for further action," he said when contacted.
The case will be investigated under Section 15 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961, which carries up to RM100,000 fines or maximum three years' jail or both upon conviction.
Translated from Berita Harian
Keywords: Malaysian Border Security Agency, AKSEM, smuggling attempt, subsidised cooking oil, Wang Kelian