I hope you all remember this story I wrote on October 29, 2012 : Ismail Sabri Wake Up : RM1.0M A Day Lost In Diesel Smuggling
Some of you (maybe part of the corrupted people behind the smuggling rings) wrote and said how can RM1.0 million worth of diesel be smuggled out every day from Johor? Well just read this from The Star today :
- JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) managed to thwart an attempt by a Mongolian registered vessel to smuggle 200,000 litres of diesel worth RM3.6mil off Sungai Johor in Kota Tinggi here.
- MMEA received a tip-off that several suspicious tankers were transferring the diesel into the vessel at a jetty near Teluk Sengat
- “We managed to intercept the vessel off the waters of Teluk Sengat in Sungai Johor and found the smuggled diesel hidden in eight separate tanks.
- The vessel was believed to be on its way to a neighbouring country to sell the diesel.
- vessel's three crewmen and the captain, all Indonesian nationals were being detained
Neighbouring country? Now which country would that be? Poland? Transylvania? Lithuania? Here is a picture of the Mongolian registered vessel.
Well first of all Mongolia is a landlocked country. There are no seaports in Mongolia. But this vessel is registered in Mongolia. Cool.
Secondly 200,000 litres of diesel cannot be worth RM3.6 million. That works out to RM18.0 per litre. The Star must do better fact checking. Subsidised diesel is selling at RM1.80 per litre in Malaysia. That makes this boat load worth RM360,000 at subsidised prices.
In Singapore diesel sells for about RM4.00 per liter. That makes this boatload worth RM800,000 in Singapore. This is just one boat load. But folks surely this cannot be the only boatload being smuggled "to neighbouring countries" everyday.
Suspicious lorry tankers were transferring diesel to this boat in Teluk Sengat. Surely there must be a general manager, a logistics manager, a paymaster, cashier, bank account holders, money transfer guys, the shipping agents, ship owners, the shipping forwarders, suppliers of the smuggled diesel etc who must all be involved before they can load up 200,000 litres of diesel on a ship at a jetty in Teluk Sengat?
Katakanlah everyday there are FIVE boatloads leaving Johor, that is easily 1.0 million LITRES of diesel. That is worth RM4.0 million in Singapore already - per day.
I wrote about this on October 29th, 2012. Today is 30th December 2012 - two months have passed before we read of this ship being detained.
So how many boatloads of diesel have been smuggled out from Johor since October? Even if just ONE boat load a day x 200k litres x 60 days x RM4.00 per litre = RM48.0 Million in two months.
If there are THREE boatloads a day, that adds up to RM144.0 Million in two months. If there are FIVE boatloads a day being smuggled out, that is RM240.0 Million in two months. That is a lot of money. A lot of payoffs.
Diesel smuggling in Johor is rampant. It has become an industry. Everyone from top to bottom must be involved (and be paid off) if this scale of smuggling can still go on.
I am surprised that it is the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency that made this seizure. Where is the Jabatan Kastam? Where is Ismail Sabri? Hang yang jadi Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri.
Syabas to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Hopefully they will wrap up this diesel smuggling business.