MAQIS confiscates 1 tonne of petai
Last Update: 26/09/2019
ALOR SETAR, Sept 26 – A whiff of wrongdoing saw a truck stopped at a northern checkpoint for trying to sneak in 1,000kg of petai (stink beans).
Durian Burung Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex director, P. Lily Rosalind, said in a statement today that the attempt to smuggle in the favourite food of Malaysians happened on Sept 15 at 9.30am.
She said the offender had failed to comply with import rules and was subsequently issued a RM1,000 fine and warning, with the petai impounded.
“Violating import regulations is considered a crime under Section 15 (1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011, and punishable under Section 15 (2). If convicted, one can be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed up to six years,” she said.
She further added the Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) will continue to enforce the law to ensure pests and diseases that could harm the agriculture industry don’t have a pathway into the country.