Published: Friday March 15, 2013 MYT 11:44:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 15, 2013 MYT 11:56:32 PM
Syndicate selling subsidised gas at lower prices busted
By RASHITHA A. HAMID
SEMENYIH: A syndicate that stole subsidised liquid petroleum gas and sold it to industrial companies at lower prices was crippled on Friday by a joint operation by Domestic Trade Ministry, Co-operatives and Consumerism and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The syndicate had been operating in a rented factory at Kampung Sungai Purun, Jalan Bangi, Semenyih here for the past six months.
Ministry deputy director of enforcement (development) Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said they raided the premises at about 4.45pm.
He said officers from the ministry and MACC had been observing of the syndicate's activities for almost three months before the raid.
They also arrested 16 local workers including a supervisor and a 15-year-old boy.
"We also seized 1,500 14kg gas cylinders and 200 50kg gas cylinder," he said adding that all the 50kg cylinders and 400 14kg cylinders were filled with gas.
Investigation revealed that the syndicate would buy the subsidised 14kg gas cylinder illegally from wholesalers before decanting it into the 50kg cylinder.
They would sell it to companies at a lower price as a 50kg cylinder gas would cost about RM130 and is not being subsidised by the Government.
"The syndicate can easily make RM1mil in this illegal activity as it is getting the gas at cheaper price," he added.