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Customs crackdown on Malaysian retailers

26-sep-08-4Last updated: March 24, 2010

Source: Tobacco Reporter

A crackdown in Malaysia on retailers selling smuggled cigarettes saw more than 100 cases brought to court during the first two months of this year, according to a story in The Star quoting the deputy director-general of the Customs Department, Datuk Mohamed Khalid Yusuf.

During the whole of last year, only a few cases went to court.

Retailers face being fined 10 times the value of any smuggled cigarettes seized from them.

(hint – do the same in Hong Kong)

“Currently, in Peninsular Malaysia, one out of three cigarette packs sold in the market is illegal, whereas in Sabah and Sarawak, two out of three cigarette packs sold in the market are illegal,” Khalid said.

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