KANGAR – The Perlis Customs Department is stepping up surveillance efforts at border areas during the fasting month of Ramadan, following a rise in smuggling activties involving daily necessities.
Its director, Datuk Mohd Pudzi Man said the department would station more personnel at hot spots identified as smuggler tracks.
“Firecrackers, fireworks, glutinous rice and other daily necessities are in high demand now with the upcoming Aidilfitri celebrations,” he told reporters here today.
According to Mohd Pudzi, in the latest case two days ago, three Thais were detained in Wang Kelian for attempting to smuggle 50 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth RM5,555.
He said, four days earlier, a 50-year-old man was nabbed about two kilometers from the Padang Besar Customs and Immigration Complex for attempting to smuggle 222 cartons of beer worth RM12,400 in a multi-purpose vehicle. – BERNAMA