Viral message on Brunei-Miri border closure not true, says Customs Dept

Azlan Othman

Following a viral message on social media last Wednesday referring to the closure of the Customs Counter at Sungai Tujoh Control Post in Kuala Belait, the Royal Customs and Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economy said it was incorrect.

The Royal Customs and Excise Department said the Land Control Posts still operate from 6am to 6pm.

However, transport operators wishing to travel through the Land Control Posts must abide by the rules and policies implemented by Brunei Darussalam.

Wednesday’s viral message stated that “All Transport, Logistic, Forwarding, Cargo services from Miri to Brunei is cancelled due to Brunei Customs full lockdown and hence no import.”

The Royal Customs and Excise Department reminded the public that disseminating false information is an offence and the offenders can be prosecuted under the laws of Brunei Darussalam under Section 34 of the Public Order Act, Chapter 148 which is punishable with a BND3,000 fine and a three-year jail term, upon conviction.