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April 2017

Illicit cigarettes: Beef up enforcement first, Fomca tells Putrajaya

From: The Malay Mail Online

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Strong enforcement is needed to ensure the effectiveness of any law aimed at curbing contraband cigarettes, the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) said today.

Its president Datuk Paul Selva Raj welcomed the federal government’s announcement to strengthen the Customs Act 1967 to crack down on those found selling smuggled cigarettes, saying weak enforcement would drive the trade deeper underground.

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From: Malaysia-Bodoh.com

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THE numbers have reached a staggering level. For every two cigarettes smoked in Malaysia, one is an illicit cigarette.

In other words, the share of the cigarette black market has reached 57.1 per cent as at December 2016, based on Nielsen Cigarette Study 2016.

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