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Customs Foil Attempt To Smuggle 10,000 Handphones
May 19, 2009 22:10 PM

PADANG BESAR, May 19 (Bernama) -- Royal Malaysian Customs foiled an attempt to smuggle in 10,000 handphones of various makes worth RM4.1 million when they stopped a lorry that was leaving the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Cargo Terminal two week ago.

Assistant director-general of Customs (Enforcement), Datuk Md Hassim Pardi, said the seizure was made on May 5 and was the biggest made by Customs that involved handphones.

The case was handled by Padang Besar Customs.

Speaking at a news conference here Tuesday, he said, acting on a tip-off, at about 6.30pm, a team of officers stopped a lorry at Km1.6, Jalan Pekelililng Kargo, at KLIA.

Md Hassim said to confuse the department, the importers had declared the goods as 'mother board', a main component in handphones that is exempt from tax.

He said the company also asked for sales tax exemption on the components.

Tax not paid on the handphones amounted to RM410,000.

Md Hassim said two men in their 40s were detained for further investigation while the lorry was seized.

He said the import of handphones needed an import permit from Sirim Berhad but it could not be produced.

He said two handphone assembling companies operating in the Klang Valley were being investigated in the case.

Md Hassim said the case was being investigated under Section 133(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967 for false declaration and if found guilty the sentence was a fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years or both.

According to him, the case was being investigated under Section 135(1)(e) of the Customs Act 1967 for transporting goods without tax paid and if found guilty the sentence was a fine of not less than 10 times the amount of Customs duties and not more than 20 times of Customs duties, or jail of not more than three years or both.


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