In a pickle: Johor cops catch three for selling canned fruit in the middle of the road

JOHOR BARU: Three Indonesian men were arrested in Bandar Baru Uda here for selling pickled mangoes and guava in the middle of the road.

Johor Police Traffic Chief Superintendent M. Kumarasan said the suspects, aged between 26 and 40, were arrested in a joint operation by the police and the Johor Baru City Council ( MBJB), Thursday, May 19.

“We received complaints from the public that such activities were still happening in the Bandar Baru Uda area.

“We found that there were still traders selling the pickled fruit at the traffic light junctions of the main road in the area despite frequent surveillance by the authorities.

“As a result of the operation, we were able to arrest three Indonesian men who were selling the pickled fruit at road junctions,” he said in a statement on Thursday May 19.

He noted that the pickled fruit that was being sold was also found stored behind a pet store.

“We found two boxes containing pickled mangoes and guava behind a pet store. Our findings match complaints we have received from social media users.

“Each box contained about 50 jars of pickled fruit.

“The fruits were seized by MBJB while the three men were brought to Johor Baru North Police Headquarters for further action under the Immigration Act,” he said.

He noted that the sale and purchase of goods on public roads is an offense under Rule 10A (1) LN 166/59 of the Highway Traffic Act and that offenders could be fined up to 2 000 RM.

He added that the local council could also take action against such activities by issuing compounds and seizing items sold.

“Such acts must be stopped to avoid any untoward incidents, which could endanger the lives of traders and the public,” he said.

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