MMEA foils attempt to smuggle sugar to Indonesia

TAWAU (Bernama) – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) thwarted an attempt to smuggle out subsidised sugar worth RM50,000 to Indonesia at the country’s waters last Friday, following the arrest of an 18-year-old youth.

Tawau Maritime Zone Deputy Director (Operations) Maritime Commander Mohd Yusri Hussin said the local teen was arrested at 1.5 nautical miles from Sungai Pukol, Sebatik at 5.15pm after MMEA team in Ops Pluto encountered the boat with the suspect on board.

“Initial inspection found the boat was ferrying subsidised sugar without valid documents from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) of Tawau,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mohd Yusri said both the suspect and the seized sugar were taken to the Tawau MMEA Jetty for further investigation and the case was investigated under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.