Impounded Rolls Royce: Owner says it’s staff’s fault

Aliff-Syukri-Rolls-RoycePETALING JAYA: A local cosmetics tycoon has blamed his staff for mishandling road tax and vehicle registration matters resulting in his Rolls Royce being impounded by the road transport department (RTD) on Sunday, The Star reported.

Aliff Syukri Kamaruzaman, who is the founder of D’Herbs Holdings Sdn Bhd, admitted that he had overlooked the validity of the road tax for the car which is said to be registered under his company.

He said, however, that accusations by people on social media of him cheating by using a Sarawak road tax when the luxury car is being used in Peninsula Malaysia were unfounded.

“I own many cars, so I cannot really say that it is my fault or JPJ’s because I am not aware of it myself.

“Do you think I have time to buy the road tax or licence (plate)? All of these are done by my employees,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.

A frustrated Aliff also lamented the nastiness of the comments that have been spreading on social media over the issue.

“Sometimes, I don’t understand what I have done so wrong until there are so many haters when I have no problem with anyone?” he asked, according to The Star.

Bernama reported on Monday that Aliff’s Rolls Royce was among 20 vehicles impounded by RTD during an operation in Jalan Bangsar on New Year’s Eve.

The national news agency had quoted RTD deputy director-general (Operations) Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman as saying that the luxury car was rented and driven by an Australian man before the vehicle was impounded in the operation which began at 8.30 pm.

He had said the vehicle displayed a road tax which was only valid for use in Sarawak where the price was about RM5,000, which was much lower than the actual tax.

“Investigations revealed that the actual road tax that should have been paid was about RM20,000,” he was quoted as saying, referring to the use of the car in Peninsular Malaysia.