Il­le­gal LPG gas store raided

New Straits Times - - NEWS / REGION -

SUBANG JAYA: Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry en­force­ment of­fi­cers raided a liq­ue­fied petroleum gas (LPG) store found il­le­gally trans­fer­ring LPG gas from sub­sidised bar­rels to in­dus­trial gas bar­rels at the USJ 1 In­dus­trial Es­tate, near here, yes­ter­day.

It was un­der­stood that the sup­plier, who had a valid li­cence, sold the in­dus­trial gas bar­rels at cheaper prices, af­ter trans­fer­ring the low-priced LPG from the sub­sidised bar­rels to the in­dus­trial bar­rels.

The min­istry’s en­force­ment of­fi­cers, who mon­i­tored the trader’s ac­tiv­i­ties last month to gather ev­i­dence, raided the store at 2.30pm yes­ter­day. They found 40 in­dus­trial LPG bar­rels prepped and ready for sale.

“They trans­ferred LPG from the 14kg sub­sidised bar­rels to the 50kg in­dus­trial bar­rels.

“We found 40 gas-filled in­dus­trial bar­rels,” said Putrajaya Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry En­force­ment Divi­sion se­nior as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Khairi Ja­maludin.

He added that 143 sub­sidised LPG bar­rels were found in the premises.

“Some of them were empty while oth­ers were filled with LPG.

“We also found 20 hoses used to trans­fer the gas,” he said. He said the value of the seizure was es­ti­mated at RM32,410. In­dus­trial LPG is sold be­tween RM180 and RM205.

“How­ever, this sup­plier sells them for be­low RM180 and earns a profit from the stolen, sub­sidised LPG,” he said.

Fol­low­ing the raid, en­force­ment of­fi­cers also in­spected premises at the Pe­naga In­dus­trial Es­tate, near USJ 9, here, which is the sup­plier’s op­er­a­tion base.

“How­ever, the sup­plier was not at the lo­ca­tion.

“Only one em­ployee was around. We took a state­ment from the em­ployee for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

Khairi said the case would be in­ves­ti­gated un­der Reg­u­la­tion 3 (1) of the Sup­ply Con­trol Reg­u­la­tions 1974, read to­gether with Sec­tion 21 of the Con­trol of Sup­plies Act 1961.

The 14kg and 50kg LPG gas bar­rels found at the store dur­ing a raid in Subang Jaya yes­ter­day.

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