MDTCC Bintulu branch enforcement chief Mohamad Drahman points to an illegally modified tank of a van seized on May 21, 2014. Pic – The Borneo Post.

A van driver hauled up by the Ministry of Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) Bintulu for having illegally modified fuel tank inside the vehicle. A total of 250 litres of diesel seized.

A few days earlier MDTCC enforcement team detained a man and seized his 4-wheel drive together with 100 litres of diesel.

Since early May a total of 166,450 litres of subsidized diesel worth RM203,741 have been seized in Bintulu, said Mohamad Drahman, MDTCC Bintulu branch enforcement chief to The Borneo Post.

Mohamad said public tip-off played a crucial part in their success of nabbing these diesel smugglers.

Those detained will be investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961.

“Some of them buy the diesel in small quantity for their own use, but that is still against the law if you don’t have valid permit from our Ministry,” Mohamad said.

Adding that The Ministry will consider giving permit to several sectors such as agriculture, longhouse dwellers – (for power generator) to buy subsidized diesel at certain quantity.