JOHOR BARU: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has seized smuggled white cigarettes of different brands valued at RM65.44 million including tax in two separate operations on seven containers at the Tanjung Pelepas Port (PTP) here last month and early this month.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Paddy Abd Halim said of the total of 76.44 million sticks seized, 13.8 million of them were of M&R Super Slim brand worth RM1.104 million with tax valued at RM9.21 million that were seized during the first inspection of a container at 4pm on Jan 28.
Meanwhile, a total of 62.64 million sticks of John Player Special and Richmond Real Blue worth RM12.52 million with tax valued at RM42.59 million were seized during a second inspection of six containers at about 4.35pm on Feb 3.
Paddy said this to reporters at the Gelang Patah Customs Department’s enforcement branch, here today.
He also said that seven containers were believed to have been placed at the port for the past one month before the inspections were carried out.
No arrests have been made and the case is still under investigation under Section 52 of the Customs Act 1967, he said. - Bernama