IPOH: The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has arrested two people and seized two cars for attempting to smuggle and sell RON95 petrol to dealers in Thailand.
Perak KPDNKK chief enforcement officer Shamsul Nizam Khalil said the duo, a 31-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, were caught at a petrol kiosk in Pengkalan Hulu, a small town in northern Perak close to the Thai border, on Friday (July 13) at about 11.45am.
“We had been monitoring their activities for two weeks. They would visit the kiosk at least three times a day, and use the same pump.
“They were found to have modified their cars to hold a large amount of gas (petrol),” he said in a statement Saturday (July 14).
“They would fill up between 60 and 70 litres of petrol into their cars, which costs between RM130 and RM150,” he said.
Shamsul Nizam said the duo would then travel to Thailand to sell the petrol to dealers there.
He said RON95 was being sold at RM2.20 per litre in Malaysia while it is sold at RM4.14 per litre in Thailand.
“They have been active for about two months.
“We have seized some 75 litres of RON95 worth about RM150 and the two cars, valued at RM10,000,” he said.
“The car owners are being investigated under the Supplies Control Act while the kiosk operator would be investigated under the Supplies Control Regulations,” he added.