Contractor Arrested For Illegal Diesel Purchase In Tumpat

Kelantan Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry (KPDN) performed an inspection throughout gas station across state on Sunday. Photo by KPDN Kelantan

TUMPAT, Jun 10 – The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry Kelantan branch has arrested a contractor at a petrol station in Wakaf Aik, Tawang in Bachok for purchasing diesel using 15 blue plastic containers without a permit.

State Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry director Azman Ismail said the 29-year-old man was arrested at 9pm last night by a ministry team conducting surveillance at the station.

He said the man made the purchase of diesel a few hours after the government’s announcement regarding the implementation of unsubsidised diesel prices at the rate of RM3.35 per litre.

“The ministry found that the contractor came to the petrol station using a Toyota Hilux four-wheel drive vehicle,” he told reporters after monitoring petrol stations in Pasir Pekan at midnight last night.

Azman said the ministry also seized the 15 containers brought by the man. Six of them had been filled with diesel, with each barrel containing 25 litres.

The investigation found that the purpose of the diesel purchase was for agricultural activities, and the case is being investigated in accordance with the Control of Supplies Act 1961.

Meanwhile, the ministry also confiscated documents from the station for imposing a conditional diesel purchase limit of a maximum of RM100 per vehicle, using insufficient supply of diesel as an excuse. – Bernama

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