Luxury car syndicate: Two more JPJ officers nabbed

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PETALING JAYA: Two more Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers have been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over their suspected involvement in a syndicate that sells scrapped luxury cars brought in from Singapore.

According to The Star, the duo – an assistant enforcement officer and an administration assistant – were nabbed at the Petaling Jaya JPJ office on Thursday.

They will be remanded until Sept 29.

Kedah MACC director Mohd Fauzi Mohamad confirmed the arrests with the English daily, and said it was the result of follow-up operations under ‘Ops Piang’ conducted in several parts of the nation earlier this week.

The anti-graft body detained a 31-year-old female JPJ administration assistant and her husband on the first day of the operations, followed by the arrest of a 32-year-old car salesman from Kuantan and a 33-year-old online businessman from Kuala Lumpur.

MACC Intelligence Division director Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya meanwhile revealed that the syndicate used agents to promote the luxury cars through social media, especially Facebook, and sold them cheaply with guarantees of ‘legal’ documents.

“False documents from Puspakom, the Chemistry Department and the Customs Department were used to ‘legalise’ the cars,” The Star quoted him as saying.

A few days ago, the New Straits Times reported that the syndicate would smuggle cars considered no longer roadworthy from Singapore into the country and deploy local runners to seek buyers.

These cars – including BMWs, Hondas and Mini-Coopers, sold for at least 50 per cent less than the market price – and no longer had Singapore’s Certificate of Entitlement (COE) or was nearing the certificate’s expiry.

The syndicate, with the help of RTD insiders, registered the “scrap” vehicles with RTD and provided these grants, so that the buyers could apply for insurance and road tax.