4 tankers seized, 4 held for siphoning diesel
BESUT, Aug 22 — Four men were held this morning for siphoning diesel from lorry tankers scheduled to deliver fuel to several petrol stations in Kelantan here today.
Three lorry tanker drivers from a leading petroleum company and a private lorry tanker operator, all aged between 40 and 50, were arrested at a location in Kampung Lak Lok near here.
The success followed a special operation by the state Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNHEP) and police in Besut.
It is understood that the three drivers diverted the fuel by not pumping out the order in full at several petrol stations.
They then sold the extra diesel to the private lorry tanker operator who acted as a middleman by transporting the stolen diesel to the black market.
Terengganu KPDNHEP deputy director Ab Ghani Harun said following the arrest, KPDNHEP seized four tankers as they were siphoning fuel in Kampung Lak Lok.
“We succeeded in nabbing the irresponsible individuals after spying on them with the cooperation of police for a few days,” he told Bernama at the location of incident today.
He said initial investigations found the three lorry tankers loaded with diesel, which came from Kuantan, Pahang, were on their scheduled delivery to six petrol stations in Kelantan.
“Their scam was discovered when several petrol station operators complained of not receiving the scheduled amount,” he said. — Bernama