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RM100m pangolin scales case
Published on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A 44-year-old man was charged with trying to export pangolin scales valued at more than RM100 million.

Chai Kok Hiong pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Afiq Agoes to the charge against him on Monday. He is accused of attempting to export the prohibited goods kept in two containers and each containing 227 sacks of pangolin scales weighting 8,058.50Kg valued at RM100,570,080.

The offence allegedly took place at 235pm on July 13, 2017 at the Sepanggar Port, near here.

He was charged under Section 135(1)(a) of the Custom Act 1967 and punishable under Section 135(1)(iii)(aa) of the same Act carries a jail term of up to three years, or a fine between 10 times and 20 times of the goods value involved, or both, on conviction.

Afiq set Oct 8 for case management and released Chai on bail of RM250,000 with RM80,000 deposited in two local sureties.


The court also granted Chai's application through his counsel to pay the bail amount three times but he must pay RM10,000 by Monday and the balance must be paid on Sept 28 and Oct 5.

Earlier, counsel Dominic Chew asked for the bail to be paid three times instalment saying that his client did not have enough money as his business was affected due to the case. Prosecuting Officer Nanang Lumpat from the Customs Department appeared for the prosecution. - Cynthia D Baga

Photo Source: National Geographic

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