IPOH - Well hidden from plain sight, a store in the interiors of a jungle along the Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands looked like a safe place to keep unlicensed diesel . Or so a syndicate thought.
However, the store that was holding some 2,000 litres of the diesel was sniffed out by Perak Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry officers on April 30.
They found the diesel being kept there in 40 cylinder drums and eight fibre barrels.
Ministry's enforcement division chief Mohd Khalis Kasim said his officers had been monitoring the syndicate for two weeks before raiding the store situated near the Sungai Piah orang asli village.
"We also seized a lorry that had been modified with a tank capable of storing about 3,000 litres of diesel," he said.
Mohd Khalis said the syndicate's operation involved buying diesel from petrol kiosks and lorry drivers.
"The diesel would be bought at RM1.20 (S$0.44) per litre and kept in a barrel. It would then be sold to factories at RM1.70 per litre," he said, adding that the estimated value of the items seized from the store was about RM43,805.
The matter would be investigated under Supplies Control Act.Anyone found guilty could be jailed not more than three years and a maximum fine of RM100,000 or both.