MALAYSIA: Sugar smuggling drops significantly

Published: 10/30/2012, 7:45:24 AM

Smuggling of sugar across the border has dropped drastically after the government decided to increase its price recently, according to Malaysia's New Straits Times.

Anti-Smuggling Unit director-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said there have been fewer cases of sugar smuggling lately.

However, he said the smuggling of fuel such as diesel and petrol remained rampant.

"It seems that the announcement made by the government (to increase the price of sugar) had deterred smugglers from taking the item across the border.

"Normally, the demand for sugar, which is a hot commodity for smugglers, is higher but now it is slow.

"It looks like the smugglers have no more interest in sugar," he said after distributing meat to UPP members at Kampung Jenereh here on Sunday.

Abdul Rahim said he believed the demand for petrol and diesel was still high because the two items could be obtained easily by smugglers not only along the Kelantan border but also at other border areas such as in Perlis and Perak.

Despite the challenges faced by the unit, he said its members would continue checking the smugglers through roadblocks and surveillance.

About 200 UPP members from four states (Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan) received the meat which was distributed in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Abdul Rahim said he planned to set up more UPP in other states including Sabah and Sarawak as soon as possible. "So far, we found that our 940 members in the four states could cope with the job but if necessary, we want to extend the unit to more states so that our work particularly in curbing smuggling activities can be more effective."