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British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd (BAT Malaysia) has urged the government to focus on tackling the tobacco black market, which is expected to see an increase in activity following the reopening of borders on April 1.

BAT Malaysia managing director Nedal Salem pointed out that the black market currently commands approximately 60% of the total market and causes a loss of RM5 billion in tax revenue every year.

“Smugglers are also now using vessels to bring in their black market goods. Hence, we urge the government to continue to increase enforcement, especially in coastal areas, [...]