Customs Act 1967 [Act 235]

Part XII   cite [+]

INSPECTION, INVESTIGATION, SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST

106A Access to place or premises   cite [+]

(1) Any senior officer of customs shall for the purposes of this Act at all times have access to any place or premises where an importer carries on his business or where any person who has dealings with such importer carries on his business.

(2) Where any senior officer of customs enters upon any premises in accordance with the provisions of this section, then-

(a) he may require the importer or the person who has dealings with such importer, as the case may be, to produce any book, data, document or other record, or thing which such importer or person is required to keep under the provisions of this Act, or which relate to any imported goods;

(b) he may examine any book, data, document or other record, or thing and make copies of or take extracts from any such book or document;

(c) he may seize and detain any book, data, document or other record, or thing if in his opinion it may afford evidence of the commission of any offence under this Act;

(d) he may require the importer or the person who has dealings with such importer or any person employed by such importer or person to answer questions relating to-

(i) any book, data, document or other record, or thing;

(ii) any entry in any book, data, document or other record; or

(iii) any imported goods;

(e) he may require any container, envelope or other receptacle in any such premises to be opened;

(f) he may at the risk and expense of the importer or the person who has dealings with such importer open and examine any package, or any goods or materials, in any such premises.


(3) Where the senior officer of customs acting under the provisions of this section is unable to obtain free access to any premises where an importer carries on his business or where a person who has dealings with such importer carries on his business or to any receptacle contained in those premises, he may, at any time, enter such premises and open such receptacle in such manner, if necessary by force, as he may think necessary.

(4) Where, on the entry upon any premises under the provisions of this section, any dutiable goods are found in relation to which any offence under the provisions of this Act has been committed, then such dutiable goods shall be liable to forfeiture.

106B Power of investigation   cite [+]

A proper officer of customs shall have all the powers necessary to carry out an inspection and to investigate the commission of any offence under this Act.

107 Magistrate may issue search warrant   cite [+]

(1) Whenever it appears to any Magistrate, upon written information upon oath, and after any enquiry which he may think necessary, that there is reasonable cause to believe that in any dwelling-house, shop, or other building or place, there are concealed or deposited any prohibited or uncustomed goods or goods liable to forfeiture under this Act or under any regulation made thereunder, or as to which any offence under this Act or such regulation has been committed, or any books or documents relating to any such goods such Magistrate may issue a warrant authorizing any officer of customs named therein, by day or night and with or without assistance-

(a) to enter such dwelling-house, shop, or other building or place and there to search for and seize any goods reasonably suspected of being prohibited or uncustomed goods, or goods liable to forfeiture under this Act or any regulation made thereunder, or as to which any offence under this Act or such regulation is suspected to have been committed, and any books or documents which may reasonably be believed to contain information as to any offence under this Act or any regulation made thereunder;

(b) to arrest any person or persons being in such dwellinghouse, shop, building or place, in whose possession such goods as aforesaid may be found, or whom such officer may reasonably suspect to have concealed or deposited such goods.


(2) Such officer may if it is necessary so to do-

(a) break open any outer or inner door of such dwellinghouse, shop, or other building or place, and enter thereinto;

(b) forcibly enter such place and every part thereof;

(c) remove by force any obstruction to such entry, search, seizure and removal as he is empowered to effect;

(d) detain every person found in such place until such place has been searched.

108 When search may be made without warrant   cite [+]

Whenever it appears to any senior officer of customs that there is reasonable cause to believe that in any dwelling-house, shop, or other building or place there are concealed or deposited any prohibited or uncustomed goods or goods liable to forfeiture under this Act or any regulation made thereunder or as to which an offence under this Act or such regulation has been committed, and if he has reasonable grounds for believing that by reason of the delay in obtaining a search warrant such goods are likely to be removed, such officer may exercise in, upon and in respect of such dwelling-house, shop, or other building or place all the powers mentioned in section 107 in as full and ample a manner as if he were authorized so to do by a warrant issued under that section.

109 Power to search vessels and aircraft   cite [+]

(1) A proper officer of customs may-

(a) go on board any vessel or aircraft in any customs port or customs airport or place or within territorial waters;

(b) require the master of such vessel or the pilot of such aircraft to give such information relating to the vessel or aircraft, cargo, stores, crew, passengers or voyage as he may deem necessary;

(c) rummage and search all parts of such vessel or aircraft for prohibited or uncustomed goods;

(d) examine all goods on board and all goods then being loaded or unloaded;

(e) demand all documents which ought to be on board such vessel or aircraft; and

(f) require all or any such documents to be brought to him for inspection;


and the master of any vessel and the pilot of any aircraft refusing to allow such officer to board or search such vessel or aircraft, or refusing to give such information or to produce such documents on demand shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2) If any place, box or chest on board such vessel or aircraft is locked and the key withheld, such officer may break open any such place, box or chest.

(3) If any goods be found concealed on board any vessel or aircraft, they shall be deemed to be uncustomed goods.

110 Proper officer of customs to exercise powers of search   cite [+]

(1) A proper officer of customs may enter into and exercise in and upon and in respect of any vessel, aircraft, landing place, wharf, jetty, port installation or railway or any place at which the goods produced to an officer of customs under section 80 are deposited all the powers mentioned in section 107 in as full and ample a manner as if he were authorized so to do by a warrant under that section.

(2) In this section the expression "railway" shall have the meaning assigned to it by any written law relating to railways.

111 Officers of customs may stop and search conveyances   cite [+]

(1) The person in charge or in control of any vehicle arriving at a prescribed place of import and export shall, on arrival at such place, produce his vehicle to the proper officer of customs, and shall, if so required, move his vehicle to another place for examination, and shall not proceed until permission to do so has been given by the proper officer of customs.

(2) Any officer of customs may stop and examine any vehicle for the purpose of ascertaining whether any uncustomed or prohibited goods are contained therein, and the person in control or in charge of such vehicle shall if required so to do by such officer, stop such vehicle and allow such officer to examine the same.

(3) The person in control or in charge of any vehicle examined under this section shall on request by the proper officer of customs open all parts of the vehicle for examination by such officers and take all measures necessary to enable such examination as such officer considers necessary to be made.

111A Power to set up roadblocks   cite [+]

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, any proper officer of customs may, if he deems it necessary to do so for the enforcement of the provisions of this Act, erect or place or cause to be erected or placed any barrier on or across any public road or street or in any public place in such manner as he may think fit; and any proper officer may take all reasonable measures to prevent any person from passing or any vehicle from being driven past any such barrier, including any measure to pursue and apprehend any such person or stop any such vehicle where, having regard to the attendant circumstances at a given moment of time, it is apparent that if such measure is not taken the escape of such person and vehicle to avoid detection or otherwise is likely to be imminent.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with any reasonable signal of a proper officer requiring such person or vehicle to stop before reaching any such barrier, or attempt to cross or knock any such barrier, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both such fine and imprisonment; and any proper officer may, without warrant, arrest such person unless he gives his name and address and otherwise satisfies the proper officer that he will duly answer any summons or other proceedings that may be taken against him.

(3) No proper officer shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage caused to any person or property consequent upon his taking the steps mentioned in subsection (1).

111B Access to recorded information or computerized data   cite [+]

(1) Any officer of customs exercising his powers under sections 106A, 107, 108, 109 and 111 shall be given access to any recorded information or computerized data, whether stored in a computer or otherwise.

(2) In addition, an officer of customs exercising his powers under sections 106A, 107, 108, 109 and 111-

(a) may inspect and check the operation of any computer and any associated apparatus or material which he has reasonable cause to suspect is or has been used in connection with that information or data; and

(b) may require-

(i) the person by whom or on whose behalf the officer of customs has reasonable cause to suspect the computer is or has been so used; or

(ii) the person having charge of, or is otherwise concerned with, the operation of the computer, apparatus or material,


to provide him with such reasonable assistance as he may require for the purposes of this section.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), "access" includes being provided with the necessary password, encryption code, decryption code, software or hardware and any other means required to enable comprehension of recorded information or computerized data.

112 Power to open packages and examine goods   cite [+]

Any proper officer of customs may examine any goods in the course of being imported or exported or intended to be imported or exported and may for the purposes of such examination bring the same to a customs office and may open any package or receptacle.


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