LABUAN: Diesel worth of more than RM254,000 was seized by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) Ministry in Labuan waters Tuesday.
The bust was the biggest unlicensed diesel deal in Labuan, though KPDNKK officials have declared that illegal oil transaction in the duty-free island is still under control.
Ravichandran A/L Vadivellu, the KPDNKK Putrajaya Inter-Agency Unit chief (Enforcement Unit Division) said they seized 20,000 liters of diesel as well as the vessel used to transport the fuel.
Three Malaysian crewmen on board the Hung Sing have been detained.
Speaking to the media at a press conference at the Labuan Police Marine Jetty here, Ravichandran said the vessel owner was found to have carried out illegal oil transaction (fuel sales).
“He did not have the required retail license under the retail license under the Regulation 3 (1) of the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974 for the distribution of scheduled retail control goods which is diesel,” he said.
He said the seizure was made in an operation dubbed as ‘Marintrade Ops’ from 9am until 1pm Tuesday.
The operation was conducted with the Labuan Marine Police involving 30 personnel from the two enforcement agencies.
Ravichandran said the investigation would be carried out under Control of Supplies Regulations 1974 and Control of Supplies Goods 1961.
“We only seized the vessels and the crew have been released until the investigation is completed,” he said.
Ravichandran disclosed the seizure was the third case made so far this year, the first was in May, involving RM167,918.00 worth of fuel, and the seized vessel worth of RM250,000.
“”Another case was in June involving eight units of various type of gas tank worth of RM1,584.00,” he added.