Malaysian fined $3,000 for smuggling alcohol

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A MALAYSIAN was fined $3,000 yesterday for attempting to smuggle 36 cans of beer across the Sg Tujoh border on Wednesday.

The offence is Su Yeong Seng’s second for bringing alcohol drinks across the border without declaring or paying excise duty, with his first offence dating back to December 2014, where he was found at the same border checkpoint with 84 cans of beer and 12 one-litre bottles of whiskey.

This time, he was found to have hidden the drinks underneath the front passenger and driver's seats as well as the car boot.

The 32-year-old told the Kuala Belait magistrate’s court yesterday that the drinks were for personal consumption and pleaded to not be handed jail time.

Su has been given until tomorrow to pay the fine, which translates to 84 times the $36 excise duty for the alcoholic drinks.

The Malaysian who is privately employed in the Brunei-Muara district was fined $1,300 two years ago.

Under Section 146(1)(i) of Excise Order 2006, first offenders are imposed a fine that is at least six times the dutiable amount of the undeclared goods and not more than 20 times.

Repeat offenders are subject to the same range of fines, but may also be handed jail time.

The Brunei Times