Couple’s underground illegal LPG decanting racket busted - Malaysia Crime Infonet

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Couple’s underground illegal LPG decanting racket busted

GEORGE TOWN (26/08/2017) : A couple believed to be raking in profits of about RM150,000 a month for about a year by decanting subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to sell to the industrial sector were nabbed in an operation in Bayan Lepas.
An enforcement team raided a warehouse in Kampung Bukit and found an underground room where 50kg industrial cylinders were hooked to hoses for decanting the LPG from subsidised 12kg and 14kg gas cylinders.
Penang Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minstry (KPDNKK) deputy director Suhaimi Mat Sari said two high-powered air-conditioners were installed in the room.
He said workers carried out the decanting process in which the transfer of a cylinder of LPG was completed within 30 minutes.
Suhaimi said the couple, in their 40s, installed powerful air-conditioners to cool down the gas tanks instead of the usual ice cubes during decanting.
“We have caught people decanting LPG who uses ice during the process but this is first where the process was done with powerful air-conditioners,” he said.
Suhaimi said a team from KPDNKK Putrajaya and his officers monitored the warehouse for a month before conducting the raid.
He said a 14kg LPG cylinder for domestic use is usually sold at RM26.60 and it takes about three cylinders to fill up a 50kg industrial-size cylinder, which is sold between RM190 and RM200.
Officers also seized 1,400 cylinders and equipment, including four lorries worth RM500,000 in the raid.
The couple, he said, would be charged under Section 22(1) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961 where they could be fined not less than RM1mil or jailed up to three years, or both while companies could be fined not less than RM2mil and a maximum of RM5mil for repeated offence.
“The four foreign workers detained in the warehouse would be handed over to the Immigration Department,” said Suhaimi.
If found guilty under Section 22(1) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961, individuals could be fined not less than RM1mil or jailed for a maximum of three years, or both while companies could be fined not less than RM2mil and a maximum of RM5mil for repeated offence.

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