M’sian hit with $15,800 fine

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MALAYSIAN man was fined $15,800 yesterday after he pleaded guilty to possession of untaxed cigarettes.

The court document stated that customs officers and Narcotics Control Bureau officers stopped a vehicle driven by Chai Siong Thiam from Miri on Thursday.

When Chai told the customs officers that he had nothing to declare, a thorough inspection was subsequently conducted and they found 55 cartons of cigarettes inside the rear compartment of the passenger’s seat and inside a speaker box.

Upon investigation, Chai admitted that he had purchased all the seized goods in Miri for RM960 and he knew that it was an offence to bring in cigarettes without a permit. The excise duty to be paid for the cigarettes was $2,600.

During the proceedings yesterday, the court ordered Chai to pay the fines immediately or face eight months in jail.

The Brunei Times