One in three cigarette packs in M’sia illegal

GEORGE TOWN: One out of every three cigarette packs sold in peninsular Malaysia is either contraband or fake.

In Sabah and Sarawak, two out of three packs sold are illegal.

These numbers were based on a quarterly survey and study conducted by the Customs De­­partment and the Confederation of Malaysian Tobacco Manuf­acturers (CMTM).

Customs deputy director-general (enforcement) Datuk Mohamed Khalid Yusuf, in revealing the results, added that to date, 36.8% of cigarettes sold in the country were illegal compared to 25.7% for the whole of 2008.

Mohamed Khalid said 29.9% of them were sold in the peninsula while the rest were found in Sabah and Sarawak.


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