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Royal Malaysian Customs Department Central Zone Enforcement Operations director Wong Pun Sian (centre) holding up a carton and pack of smuggled cigarettes, which were seized from to smuggle four containers of cigarettes and alcohol worth RM3.91 million at West Port and North Port from May to June this year, during the press conference at Wisma Kastum in Pulau Indah, Port Klang, on July 20, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Customs Dept foils attempt to smuggle cigarettes, alcohol worth nearly RM4 mln

PORT KLANG, July 20 — The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) foiled an attempt to smuggle four containers of cigarettes and alcohol, comprising a haul worth RM3.91 million, at West Port and North Port from May to June.

JKDM Central Zone Enforcement Operations director Wong Pun Sian said that based on investigations, the three containers filled with over 4.1 million cigarettes and some other merchandise were detected in West Port and had been declared as ‘consolidated cargo’ and ‘kitchenware’.

“The investigation also found the containers were from neighbouring countries and East Asia. All the cigarettes were to be smuggled into Australia and were on transit here (West Port),” he said during a press conference at Wisma Kastum in Pulau Indah, earlier today.

Wong added his team also detected 21,840 litres of alcohol placed in a container at North Port on June 15.

“The contents of the container had been declared as ‘wet tissues’ to avoid being detected by JKDM.

“Both cases are being investigated in accordance with Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967,” he said.

— Bernama

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