Tugboat, four crew members detained in diesel smuggling bid

The tugboat seized after it was found to be transporting 5,000 litres of diesel worth RM11,000 in Kuala Baram waters on Friday.

MIRI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) District 13 (D13) seized 5,000 litres of diesel worth RM11,000 and arrested four Indonesian crew members of a tugboat aged between 23 and 30 during an operation here on April 25.

In a statement to the media on Friday night, MMEA D13 director Captain Md Fauzi Othman said the suspicious tugboat was first sighted two nautical miles from the MMEA boat which was carrying out operation in Kuala Baram waters.

“The MMEA then came close to the tugboat and upon checking found to be transporting 5,000 litres of diesel worth RM11,000 without permission from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

The case is being investigated under Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Petroleum Act (Safety Measure).

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