MIRI: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) caught a local man in his 30s for purchasing diesel without a permit at a gas station in Lambir around 4pm Friday.
Purchasing diesel without a special permit is an offence under Section 20 (1) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 and read together with Section 21 of the same Act.
The suspect was found with 1, 357.91 litres of diesel in drums at the back of a Toyota Hilux single cab vehicle, estimated to be worth about RM2,471.39.
The suspect’s vehicle loaded with drums of diesel caught at a gas station in Lambir.
The items as well as the vehicle were seized and the suspect was arrested for further investigation.
Head of KPDNHEP Miri branch, Joe Azmi said in a statement yesterday individuals or traders need to have a special permit issued by the ministry to refuel into jerry cans or drums.
“Most of those who refuel diesel using drums are the contractors appointed by the ministry to deliver fuel to rural areas.
“They did get a permit from the ministry to purchase from selected stations.
“Special permits are given for the use of generators in longhouses, forklifts, agriculture and fishermen,” he added.
He said the intelligence and investigation that led to the arrest were conducted during a routine check on those buying diesel at a gas station.