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by stuart michael
A general view of the Selayang Municipal Council impound yard located at Jalan 2/1, Bandar Baru Selayang with many cars here looking like an eyesore.
No one expects to see a Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, BMW or Volvo at a council impound lot but such is the case at the facility run by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).
These luxury cars, along with other vehicles, will be going for a song at a public auction to be held soon.
The yard for impounded cars is located at Jalan 2/1, Bandar Baru Selayang and currently has more than 100 vehicles.
MPS public relations officer Ahmad Fauzi Ishak said the cars were seized and towed away to the impound yard which was the only one under MPS’ jurisdiction.
Unclaimed cars will be auctioned twice a year with the money going to MPS’ coffers.
He revealed that in 2012, MPS had auctioned 48 vehicles and collected RM30,780 from the sale.
Last year, 96 vehicles were auctioned for a total of RM52,780.
“This year, no auction has taken place yet but 95 cars are due to be auctioned in a few weeks.
“These vehicles were seized between last year and up to March this year,’’ he said.
“The owners of these vehicles were issued a notice under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, Section 46(1)(e) for obstruction and having derelict vehicles in a public place.
“MPS’ auction is separate from the one done by police. The date and venue will be announced in the newspapers,’’ he said.
He added that MPS conducts the auction twice a year and vehicles with no takers would remain in the yard until the next scheduled auction.
“The vehicles were seized from areas like Kepong, Selayang, Kundang, Kuang and Rawang and most of them are in a horrible condition.
“Vehicles that are parked in clamping zones are towed away without prior notice.
“For other areas, the owners are given a 14-day notice to remove their vehicles or they will be towed away.
“The vehicles are then towed to the yard and those which are not claimed after a month will be lined up for auction,’’ he said.
MPS corporate affairs director Mohd Zin Masoad said most of the vehicles were bought by companies in bulk.
“I think some owners fail to claim their vehicles as they have no proper place to keep them,’’ he opined.
A pisang goreng trader Hamidah A. Hamid, 47, questioned how the auction was conducted.
“Instead of allowing companies to bid for these vehicles in bulk, MPS should give priority to Selayang folk.
“I am now using an old van and would love to get a better vehicle so my business can expand,’’ she said.
CL Liew, 52, from Bandar Baru Selayang said he would love to buy a second car if given the opportunity.
“I like vintage and antique cars and would love to buy one and refurbish it for my own use,’’ he said.
A. Mayappan, 23, who stays in Selayang Baru, also wants MPS to give preference to residents.
“I welcome the opportunity to buy a car in working condition for RM2,000 to RM3,000 instead of having to use a motorcycle.
“I know many residents would be interested to buy these old vehicles for their own use,’’ he said.
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