BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei - A Malaysian man was fined $2,000 yesterday after pleading guilty to failing to declare goods to customs while transiting through Brunei.
The court document states that on January 26, Wong Sie Hung, 51, a driver for a company in Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia, submitted a customs transit declaration to customs officers at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post at the border with Malaysia's Miri district.
At the time, the defendant was driving a Malaysian-registered truck from Miri to Limbang.
In the declaration form, it stated that the truck was only transporting plastic, soft drinks and noodles.
However, when customs officers inspected the truck, they found hygiene products and medical goods, which were not listed in the declaration form.
The items included 97 bottles and 64 packs of body shampoo, 143 bottles of various brands of medicated oil, 18 bottles and 13 boxes of medicated powder, an undisclosed amount of tablets and capsules, seven tubes of Mopiko ointment, 45 boxes and three packets of medicated plaster, eight cylinders of carbon dioxide gas and 24 bottles of Shao Hsing Hua Tio Chiew rice wine.
During the proceedings yesterday, Wong indicated that he was able to pay the fine.
The court further ordered the goods to be released to the defendant which are to be declared properly at the Kuala Lurah Customs Control Post.