A 30-year-old man’s attempt to smuggle 210kg of frozen chicken worth RM3,580 (S$1,100) from Singapore to Johor Bahru has been foiled by authorities.
Sin Chew Daily reported that the man was stopped by immigration officers at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex in Johor last Sunday (Oct 2) at around 9pm while travelling back from Singapore via the the Tuas Second Link.
He was also travelling in a private car and raised the officers’ suspicions during checks carried out at customs.
14 boxes of frozen chicken seized
Upon checking the car boot, officers found a total of 14 boxes of frozen chicken.
According to a Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services spokesperson, the man did not possess an import license or certification for his meat imports.
The spokesperson added that the authorities will make sure that agriculture and food without import permits will not be allowed into Malaysian shores to maintain food safety standards.
The case is now investigated under the 2011 Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act, which carries a jail term of six years and a fine of up to RM100,000 upon conviction.