PETALING JAYA: The movement of all the 1,500 tankers transporting crude palm oil (CPO) from the mills to refineries in the country will be closely monitored via a new licensing regulation.
Once the proposed regulations are imposed, tankers not licensed by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) will not be allowed to transport the raw palm oil.
Board director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Basri Wahid said transporters who were found to be involved in stealing CPO would also be barred from transporting it.
“We are determined to put a stop to this as it has tarnished the name of the industry and the country, considering we are the world’s biggest exporter of palm oil and our products are consumed by countries like the United States, Europe, Japan, China and India.
“Therefore, the transporters must take responsibility for the actions of their drivers and pay the price if their tankers are involved in the illegal activity,” he said in response to the Starprobe’s front-page article yesterday under the heading “Oil pirates”.
Starprobe exposed that billions of ringgit worth of CPO were being siphoned by syndicates while being transported from the mills to refineries.
“We will work closely with the millers and refineries to ensure that all tankers are licensed by the MPOB. This way, the transporters will be more alert to the movement of their tankers so as to prevent them from stopping at unscheduled places for the CPO to be siphoned,” he added.
Basri said that currently, transporters were licensed by the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) and the MPOB had no control over the tankers.
He hoped the new ruling would be approved by the Government soon.
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