Smuggling attempt foiled

Azlan Othman

The Department of Quarantine and Inspection Services of Malaysia (MAQIS) successfully thwarted an attempt to bring in mangoes, salted eggs and chillies without permit from Brunei Darussalam to Labuan, in December 2019.

Labuan MAQIS Director Nazrul Azman Mat Rahim said that an examination found those agricultural products did not have valid documents such as an Import Permit (IP), a Health Certificate and a Phythosanitation Certificate from the country of origin.

“The materials were seized during a baggage check at the Labuan International Ferry Terminal,” he told Malaysian newspapers. During the inspection, MAQIS enforcement officers seized about 20kg of goods worth RM190.

According to Nazrul, the act of bringing agricultural products into Malaysia without a valid MAQIS permit is an offense under Section 11 (1) of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act, Malaysia 2011 (Act 728).

He said that the perpetrator can be punished under Section 11 (3) of the same Act and could be fined not more than RM100,000 or given imprisonment not exceeding six years, or both.

Nazrul also stressed that MAQIS is always committed to carrying out tasks at all points of entry to ensure that agricultural commodities brought into Malaysia are in compliance with the requirements and regulations set by the Malaysian government.

“The confiscation was made to inform consumers and the public about the compliance with written law,” he said.

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728) requires that all persons carrying goods under the control of the MAQIS Act to obtain a permit.

Nazrul said that MAQIS will continue to be active and committed in import control, as well as the export of agricultural products at all entrances into Malaysian.