MACC seeks Singaporean in container tax evasion case

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki said the syndicate was declaring items in containers as medical products while importing tinned pork and LED lights. (Bernama pic)

SERI ISKANDAR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is on the lookout for several more people involved in a container tax evasion case, including a Singaporean believed to be the mastermind behind the scheme.

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki said Malaysian police would seek cooperation from the Singaporean authorities to locate the suspect.

“We will detain three more suspects who are currently at large. One of them is the Singaporean.

“At this point, there is no need to involve Interpol,” he told a press conference after attending the MACC Chief Commissioner’s Cup 2024 anti-corruption debate competition at Universiti Teknologi Petronas here today.

On Thursday, seven people, including civil servants on duty at Port Klang, were detained during Ops Transit.

All those detained are suspected of colluding with a smuggling syndicate at Port Klang, resulting in an estimated tax loss of RM3.5 billion to the country.

In an operation conducted by MACC and the customs department on Wednesday, 19 containers containing various imported goods were seized.

Upon inspection, five containers had various taxable items, including light-emitting diode lights, solar lights and canned processed pork.

All seven suspects were remanded for three days from Friday.

Azam said the syndicate would declare the contents in the containers as medical supplies, such as wheelchairs, while actually smuggling in pork and other items.

He said those detained included customs officers.

When asked whether the fire involving 14 containers at Westports, Pulau Indah, yesterday was related to the syndicate, Azam said he had not received any information yet linking it to the ongoing investigation.


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