Malaysian police foil attempt to smuggle stolen machines

KLANG (Bernama) – Malaysian police have thwarted an attempt to smuggle nine plastic injection mould machines valued at RM3.6 million that were stolen from a food-manufacturing factory, during a raid on Wednesday.

Klang Utara District Police Chief ACP Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh said during the 2.30pm raid at a warehouse in Bandar Sultan Suleiman, the police managed to arrest the three male suspects and seized two trailers that were believed to be used to move out the machines.

“The raid was based on the interrogation of two men who were detained at the arrival hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) at 10am on Wednesday as soon as they arrived from Penang.

“They are believed to have sold the nine stolen machines to overseas buyers believed to be from China, at a purportedly cheap price of RM900,000 and had already received payments for them,” she told a press conference yesterday.

The price for one complete machine is about RM400,000.

Earlier, Nurulhuda said the machines were stolen from a food processing factory in Bandar Sultan Suleiman at about 12.30pm on January 26, by three individuals disguised as technicians from Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

“They tricked two security guards on duty by telling them to check the switch boxes in the factory that were not operating that day.

“Once they were allowed to enter, the individuals who were armed with knives tied up the hands and blind-folded the security guards before bringing out the machines,” she said.

Nurulhuda said that the police were still investigating the links and network between the five suspects aged 27 to 48 including the buyers and transport company which was hired to move out the machines.

Klang Utara District Police Chief ACP Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh shows at a press conference one of the nine plastic injection moulds worth RM3.6 million that were stolen from a food-manufacturing factory during a raid on Wednesday. – BERNAMA