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Attempt to Smuggle Fish Worth RM10,000 Stopped by MAQIS

Some RM10,000 worth of smuggled fish were seized by the Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) earlier today (July 19).

In a statement by the department, the fish were stored in a container which weighed 100kg.

“Out of the total weight, 90kg were ketutu (Marble Goby) and the remaining were kelah (mahseer) fishes. All of them were brought from Indonesia.

“They were found during a routine inspection on imported fish bins by MAQIS at the Lumut Port entrance,” it explained.

Importing agricultural products without permit is an offence under Section 11(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728).

“Punishment entails a fine of up to RM100,000, imprisonment of up to six years, or both, if convicted,” the statement mentioned.

 

Chris Teh

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