Cigarette Importer Sues Customs Officers For RM15 Million

A director of a cigarette importing company has filed a suit for RM15 million against four customs officers and the government for sealing 23,347 cartons of clove cigarettes which belonged to him at Port Klang and Padang Besar, Perlis.

Roslan Abu Bakar, 46, filed the suit through the legal firm of Messrs J.R. Ravendran & Assoc. at the Shah Alam High Court last Nov 26. Copies of the statement of claim were distributed to the media Monday.

Roslan was named as the first plaintiff, while Ramunus Sdn Bhd, which claimed to have a licence to import clove cigarettes from Indonesia, was named the second plaintiff in the suit.

They named the Customs Director-General, three other customs officers and the government as defendants.

The custom officers named as defendants were senior officers at the customs enforcement division in Dengkil, Selangor, Kamaruddin Jusoh and Mohd Sukri Jusoh, and the division’s senior assistant director 1 Mohamad Sapian Sanusi.

In the suit, Roslan is seeking a court declaration that the sealing of the cigarettes at the Westport Distripark consortium warehouse, West Port, Port Klang, at its business premises in Subang Jaya and the NCER godown, Padang Besar, Perlis, was ultra vires of the Customs Act 1967.

He claimed that the action by the defendants in sealing the cigarettes had resulted in Ramunus Sdn Bhd’s contract with Kongkang Enterprise in Thailand to be revoked on Oct 15 this, causing the former to suffer losses amounting to RM14,470,400.


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