MAQIS seizes 100 kgs of pork products from Thailand
Last Update: 07/08/2019
ALOR SETAR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) seized more than 100 kilogrammes of pork products that were to be smuggled into the country at the Durian Burung Immigration, Customs and Quarantine (ICQ) Complex in Padang Terang, last Sunday.
Kedah MAQIS director Lily Rosalind Paul Pakianathan, said an enforcement team seized the products after carrying out an inspection on a truck that was carrying pork sausage items from Thailand without any valid permits.
“The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act (Act 728) requires that all persons carrying goods under MAQIS require a permit to prevent the entry of pork products from countries hit by the African Swine Fever.
“The act of importing pork products without a valid permit from MAQIS is an offence under Section 11 (1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728) which is punishable under section 11 (3) of the same Act,” she said in a statement today.
If convicted, the offender could be liable to a fine of not more than RM100,000 or jailed for a term of up to six years or both, she added.
Meanwhile MAQIS seized 16 head of cattle worth RM44,800 that were smuggled into the country at the Kelantan-Thailand border, last week.
Its Kelantan director, Mohd Azam Yahya, said in a statement today that the raid was carried out in a joint operation with a team from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Tumpat District Police Headquarters.
He said the operation was carried out as MAQIS, in anticipation of the Aidiladha festivities, was expecting more cattle to be smuggled into the country.