BY: Zaki Salleh
KUALA KANGSAR: An attempt to misappropriate subsidized diesel was successfully foiled in an operation conducted by the enforcement authorities of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDN) in the state of Perak.
The operation, carried out at 2:45 am earlier today, involved the inspection of a truck at a gas station on Bougainvillea Peak Road here.
In a statement, KPDN informed that the operation was a result of intelligence gathered by enforcement officers, revealing suspicious diesel purchase activities.
Upon inspection, five tanks filled with diesel were discovered on the truck.
“A 48-year-old local man who claimed to be the truck driver was present at the scene but failed to produce any documents related to permits or controlled goods licenses when requested.
“He asserted that he was merely an employee and was paid to purchase diesel at the station, awaiting further instructions regarding the delivery destination after completing the purchase,” the statement said.
Enforcement authorities took action by seizing the truck along with 4,500 litres of diesel, a pump set, and relevant documents.
The truck driver was apprehended for further investigation, and the estimated total seizure value is RM 44,575.00.
The case is being investigated under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 and the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974.