Reduction In Diesel Smuggling Cases After Subsidy Rationalisation

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Costs of Living (KPDN) continues to intensify enforcement actions against the smuggling of controlled and subsidised goods, especially diesel and RON95 petrol nationwide, following the rationalisation of diesel subsidies in Peninsular Malaysia starting from 10th June 2024.

KPDN Minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali said today based on a comparison for the 20-day periods before and after the implementation of diesel subsidy rationalisation, there has been a significant decrease in cases involving diesel smuggling.

From 20th May 2024 to 9th June 2024, a total of 65 cases were recorded with seizures amounting to 520,803 litters of diesel.

Meanwhile, from 10th June 2024 to 30th June 2024, which is 20 days after the subsidy rationalisation, statistics show a drastic reduction with only 14 recorded cases nationwide involving a total seizure of 68,457 litres of diesel.

This comparison indicates an 87% decrease in diesel seizures following the implementation of the subsidy rationalisation.

The number of individuals detained in relation to diesel cases also decreased from 40 individuals to just one during the same period.

However, there has been an increase in cases involving seizures of RON95 petrol, with 37 cases and 17,064 litres seized from 20th May 2024 to 9th June 2024 compared to 46 cases and 14,011 litres seized after the implementation of diesel subsidy rationalisation.

The number of arrests also increased from 10 individuals to 17 during the same period.

KPDN will continue to enhance enforcement actions and monitoring of smuggling activities under OPS TIRIS 3.0 nationwide, in close cooperation with other enforcement agencies, to comprehensively and effectively address issues of leakage.

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