Seven nabbed for misappropriation of subsidised diesel

BANTING: The Semenyih’s 4th Battalion General Operations Force (GOF) busted a syndicate involved in the embezzlement of subsidised diesel and seized various equipment valued at an estimated RM1.6mil.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said during a raid at a storage warehouse in Jalan Klang-Banting, Sungai Jenjarom here at 9am on Tuesday (Sept 13), seven men were arrested, including three Bangladeshis and a Myanmar national, aged between 22 and 37 years.

He said the activity of misappropriating subsidised diesel that was hidden behind the activity of processing used engine oil for the past two years was paralysed after a month’s intelligence and surveillance work carried out by the GOF.

He said that the syndicate carried out the activity by buying diesel from petrol stations around Kuala Langat using modified lorries before transferring it into skid tanks and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) in the warehouse, to be resold to industries and other clients.

“The subsidised diesel bought at a cheaper price would be sold to the shipping sector at RM8 per litre and RM3.70 per litre to the manufacturing and construction industry,” he told reporters here on Wednesday (Sept 14).

Comm Arjunaidi said the seized items comprised 109,700 litres of diesel, 28 units of diesel suction pumps and 19 modified tankers.

He said all the suspects who acted as lorry drivers and general workers had been remanded for six days. The case is investigated under Section 21 of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 as well as Regulation 3(1) of the Control of Supply Regulations 1974.

“This case has been handed over to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs for further investigations,” he said. – Bernama