Thursday, March 5, 2009

Customs Dept scores another big success

MAJOR SEIZURE: Ahmad (centre) shows the media the confiscated beer flanked by Yussuf (left) and Suruji.

BINTULU: The Customs Department (Preventive division) here scored another big success with the seizure of smuggled items worth RM502,882 with unpaid taxes of RM1,338,697 so far this year.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here yesterday, Customs deputy director (Preventive Department) Ahmad @ Daud Jii said among the items seized were beer, cigarettes, electrical goods and heavy machinery parts.

He said the cases were solved through joint efforts of Customs preventive officers from Kuching and here.

Ahmad said that acting on information received, the enforcement officers raided a premises in Sungai Nyigu and found contraband cigarettes and beers of various brands.
The seized items were worth RM250,000, with unpaid taxes of RM1.2 million.

“The case is being investigated,” Ahmad told reporters at the Customs office here yesterday.

The station officer in-charge Yussuf Drahman and its preventive department chief Suruji Sahmat were among those present at the press conference.

Ahmad went on to say that on Feb 25, Customs preventive officers from Kuching went to a premises at Km10 Jalan Bintulu-Miri and seized 367 cartons of Tsingtao beer worth RM7,506 with unpaid taxes of RM40,971.83.

He also disclosed that on the same day, enforcement officers from Kuching and here searched another premises at the Sibiyu Industrial Estate and seized 161 cartons of Stella Artois beer and 255 cartons of Oranjeboom Premium Lager beer worth RM9,944 with unpaid taxes of RM47,555.

On Jan 24, two 49-foot containers were seized at Bintulu Port, which on inspection, turned out to contain items different from that were stated in the manifest.

In one of the containers were found electrical items worth RM121,032 with unpaid taxes worth RM38,730.

According to the manifest the container was supposed to contain iron stove, cooker hood, empty seamless steel cylinders, water purifier and stainless steel faucets.

The second container contained bulldozer spare parts worth RM114,399 with unpaid taxes of RM11,439.

It was supposed to contain fuel filter, steel ball valves, air compressors and high temperature transformers.

All the items were impounded under Section 114 of Customs Act 1967.

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