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The foreign national’s four-wheel-drive vehicle was found to have a modified tank. Photo: Azhar Ramli/NST
The foreign national’s four-wheel-drive vehicle was found to have a modified tank. Photo: Azhar Ramli/NST

RANTAU PANJANG: The General Operations Force (GOF) detained a 51-year-old Thai man who was caught filling his vehicle here with subsidised Malaysian diesel.

GOF Ninth Battalion commanding officer Superintendent Nor Azizan Yusof said the foreign national was found to have filled his car – which has a modified tank – with about RM1,000 worth of diesel.

"Several GOF members approached the man while he was at a petrol station at about noon (on Saturday) after seeing him acting suspiciously.

"Upon checking, the GOF members saw the petrol kiosk metre’s reading had reached RM1,000 and noticed a large tank in his four-wheel-drive vehicle," he said in a statement today.

Nor Azizan said an initial investigation showed that the diesel was meant to be smuggled to Thailand via the many illegal jetties along the border.

In another development, he said the battalion seized 395 boxes containing frozen chicken in an operation at about 5.30am yesterday.

However, he said no one was arrested in the raid at the Awang Bunga illegal jetty in Tanah Merah.

"Several men suspected to be smugglers were earlier spotted transferring boxes from a boat into a waiting lorry.

"But they fled after seeing the GOF members aproaching," he said.

Nor Azizah said the frozen chicken and the lorry, all valued at RM85,000, were seized and handed over to the state Domestic Trade and Consumers Division for further action.

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