A subsidised Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) abuse syndicate, which raked in RM4.2 million per year, has been busted with the arrest of two men in Kamunting, Taiping, Perak, yesterday.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) Enforcement Deputy Director Ahmad Dahuri Mahmud said acting on a tip-off, they raided a syndicate which transferred LPG from the subsidised tanks to those used by industries.
The syndicate was active in Kedah, Penang and Perak.
“We arrested two men, aged 35 and 40, before raiding five premises in the three states,” he told reporters here today.
Some 5,259 LPG tanks worth RM573,302.10 were seized from five premises.
The syndicate, which began operation two years ago, made business premises, stores and plantations as locations for the transfer of LPG.
Ahmad Dahuri said the syndicate bought LPG gas (12kg or 14kg) at RM30 and transferred the gas into tanks for industries which can accommodate up to 50kg.
“After that they sell it to customers at lower prices and can make a profit of up to RM100 for one gas tank.”
He said two of the raided premises were used to store subsidised LPG and that the operators sold them to the syndicate.
“The syndicate made profit of up to RM4.2 million per year. We are looking for several suspects, including those who bought the LPG.”