Seberang Perai Tengah district police office in Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Malaysian police arrested a local man and four illegal migrants in Bukit Mertajam in Penang after nearly 100,000 ringgit (US$24,100) worth of contraband liquor was recovered during a special operation on Monday.

At around 4pm on October 8, officers from Seberang Perai Tengah district police raided at a business outlet in the town center. A local man in his 30s was identified as a security guard who also looked after the premises with three Nepalese men and an Indian national, the Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) reported.

Police received a tip-off that the outlet, which had no business license, had allegedly been selling smuggled liquor for about six months.

Thousands of bottles of wine, with an estimated value of nearly 100,000 ringgit, were recovered and seized during the operation. They said there were no import permits from the Customs Department for the entire stock.

Questions were also asked about the authenticity and safety of the liquor being sold as labels on the bottles did not mention the name of a manufacturer or producer. Some claimed to have an alcoholic content up to 60%.

The three Nepalese men and the Indian national, who were later found to be illegal migrants without valid travel documents, were handed over to immigration authorities.

The Seberang Perai Tengah district police would continue inquiries in relation to the matter for alleged offenses under Section 135 of the Customs Act 1967, and Section 55(b) and Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.