A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officer inspects the boat after arresting a man, believed to have tried to smuggled the gas liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders out of the country. Pic courtesy of MMEA


TAWAU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled an attempt to smuggle liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders with the arrest of an Indonesian man yesterday.

In the 5.30pm incident, MMEA patrol team spotted a suspicious boat in Sungai Melayu waters off here.

“The team stopped him and carried out inspection. The skipper, aged 20, failed to produce valid identity document.

“The boat was also ladden with 50 LPG cylinders believed to have been smuggled out from the district to be taken to the neighbouring country,” he said.

Romli said the enforcement team immediately detained the skipper to facilitate investigation under the Control of Supplies Act 1961, and the boat was towed to the agency’s jetty here. The seizure was worth RM25,000.