KUALA KETIL, Jun 15 – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) in Kedah seized 496 tanks of liquefied petroleum gas worth RM238,050 that were being sold without a licence or permit, in two raids. Its state enforcement chief Shahrudin Hamzah said Putrajaya KPDNKK with Bukit Aman police and a National Revenue Recovery Enforcement team raided two licenced and unlicenced stores respectively at the Kuala Ketil industrial area around 1pm.
“We suspected that the illegal store was used as a centre for transferring 12kg tanks of domestic (subsidised) gas to industry tanks (50kg) using the decanting method. The other store is believed to be supplying tanks of subsidised gas for the syndicate’s use,” he told a media conference here today.
He said they found several paraphernalia for transferring the gas, such as connection hose and two sacks of gas tank safety caps. He also said that they believe several paraphernalia have been carrying out the operation for three months. He told this in a media conference here Tuesday. Aside from the gas tanks, the raiding team also seized a forklift and a three-tonne lorry. Four Myanmar men believed to be workers at the stores were also detained. — Bernama