Wednesday, March 20

Wholesaler fined RM35k for removing 59 LPG cylinders to unlicensed premise


Chang (left) and his counsel outside the courtroom after the court proceeding.

KOTA KINABALU: A wholesaler was fined RM35,000, in default, six months jail for removing 59 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to an unlicensed premise while two Indonesian retailers were fined RM15,000 each, in default, three months jail for dealing with LPG without a license.

Magistrate Mohamad Aizat Abdul Rahim imposed the fines on the wholesaler, Chang Vui Shiun, 46, and the two retailers, Ferdinandus Bapa, 29, and Markus Doni Amar, 48, after they pleaded guilty to committing the offence, today.

The magistrate also ordered Ferdinandus and Markus to be referred to the Immigration Department and exhibits to be disposed by the prosecution while seized vehicles to be returned to its rightful owner.

Chang had removed 57 of the MyGaz brand 14-kg LPG cylinders and two of the Petronas brand 14-kg LPG cylinders from a licensed premise to an unlicensed premise at Kampung Kandazon in Jalan Putatan Ramaya, Penampang on October 25, 2018.

He had pleaded guilty under Section 20 (1) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 which provides for a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of up to three years or both, upon conviction.

Ferdinandus and Markus, meanwhile, had dealing with LPG without any license by transferring LPG from the MyGaz brand 50-kg LPG cylinders to the MyGaz brand 14-kg LPG cylinders, which took place at the same place and time.

They admitted to a joint charge under Section 3 (1) of the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974 and read together under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961.

Based on a statement released by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), seized items from Ferdinandus and Markus were two filled 14-kg LPG cylinders of the MyGaz brand, 62 filled 14-kg LPG cylinders of Petronas brand, 38 empty 50-kg LPG cylinders of MyGaz brand, three lorries, a hose and equipments, which were used for the transferring of the LPG.