ALOR SETAR - An ice factory worker was slapped with a RM75,000 (S$27,000) fine while his two friends claimed trial in a magistrate's court to possessing contraband cigarettes worth RM6,430.
Lim Chun Hui, 24, admitted possessing 399 cartons of illicit cigarettes of various brands in a house at Taman Sri Ampang, Jalan Kilang Tebu here at about 2.45am on July 9.
Lim was jointly charged with committing the offence with his friends Yap Winson, 27, and Ong Ann Beng, 28, who are also factory workers. Yap and Ong denied the charge yesterday.
The three were charged under Sec-tion 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 and if found guilty, can be fined between 10 and 20 times the value of the seized items or three years' jail or both.
Magistrate Mohd Azhar Hamzah ordered Lim to pay the amount in default six months' jail.
The court also allowed Yap and Ong bail of RM6,000 each with one surety pending mention of the case on Aug 13.
At press time, it was not known if Lim had paid the fine.
DPP Suriati Yahaya from the state Customs Department prosecuted while the trio were represented by a lawyer from the National Legal Aid Foundation.