Smuggling of sugar across border rampant


TEBEDU: Smuggling of sugar across the border is quite rampant and for last year 1,933kg of sugar worth RM3,667.60 were seized at Tebedu CIQ complex.The seizure was made by General Operations Force (GOF), the leading agency manning the complex since Jan 1 last year.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop GOF who said he was aware of such activity across the border, vowed every necessary action to stamp out the activity.

“GOF is aware and concerned with such activity (sugar smuggling) and for any smuggling activity, we are taking it very seriously,” he told a press conference yesterday, after visiting the CIQ Complex.

He pointed out that GOF was continuously carrying out operation and surveillance to curb smuggling activities along the border.

Inspections were also carried out on express buses travelling between the two regions, he stressed.

Meanwhile, among other smuggled items seized from Tebedu CIQ Complex were cooking oil, and last year 249kg of the commodity worth about RM754.60 were seized from the checkpoint.

On a different note, Abu Seman said the negative attitude of some people had resulted in the large number of uncollected MyKad.

According to him, MyKad applicants were actually informed that they would have to collect the document 30 days after the application was made.

He stressed that National Registration Department (JPN) on its part was also having mobile unit, while assistance were also obtained from village heads and elected representatives to help inform the applicants to collect the document.

Abu Seman pointed out that in Sarawak and Sabah, MyKad must be collected within three years, while in Peninsular Malaysia, two years.