Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said that was a fact which should be accepted and had become a challenge for the government to address the problem.
“That is one of the reasons and we have to accept the fact, no matter what we do, there are quarters who make business on the government’s generosity,” he said in response to a supplementary question from Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani) who wanted to know measures taken by the government to curb diesel smuggling.
Razali said the government viewed seriously diesel smuggling and measures had been taken to address the problem, including the setting up of a task force, with the cooperation of the Domestic Trade, Consumers and Consumerism Ministry and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
This, he said, was to ensure the people continued to enjoy diesel at cheap price.
To an original question from Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang), Razali said a MMEA base had been set up at Tanjung Pengeling with a strength of 34 members, a vessel and two boats to monitor smuggling activities in waters of Mersing and Sedili.
Azalina wanted to know measures taken by the government to combat diesel smuggling at Pengerang.
Razali also said a programme, known as ‘Sahabat Maritim’ (Maritime friends) had been introduced to facilitate the public in providing information on oil smuggling to the authorities.—BERNAMA