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Published: Thursday February 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:02:52 PM

Road Transport Department sued over stolen used car

KUALA LUMPUR: A used car dealer is suing the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and three others for negligence over failure to blacklist a stolen car.

Cheah Kuai Wah, 42, said that he had on March 9, 2010 bought a Toyota Camry from a seller for RM126,500 without knowing it was a stolen car.

He said he found out that it had been stolen when police seized the car on Jan 14, 2011 – after he had sold it to another used car dealer, who later sold it to a customer.

In his lawsuit, Cheah said a check with the JPJ and the police revealed that the seller was the registered owner of the car and that it was free of any transaction of ownership.

He claimed that JPJ employee Masuri Othman had been negligent when registering the transfer of the ownership of the car to him.

He said JPJ had failed to show in its computerised system that the car was actually a stolen vehicle.

He said that the police had failed to be competent by not seizing the stolen car before he bought it.

Cheah had named Masuri, JPJ, the police and the Government as defendants in the claim.

He claimed that he suffered losses as he was considered by his friends to be involved in stolen car activities and an irresponsible car dealer.

He filed the statement of claim at the High Court registry through his lawyer Lim Lip Eng yesterday.

Cheah said he sold the car to used car dealer Poh Teck Hock for RM130,000.

In his court papers, Cheah said he was involved in a civil dispute with Poh and had been ordered by the Sessions Court here to pay Poh RM130,000, as well as RM8,316 in costs, RM65,000 in legal costs and interests – for losses after the car was seized by the police.

Cheah is seeking RM203,316 in special damages and an interest rate of 4% calculated from the date of judgment for the RM130,000.

Tags / Keywords: Nation, News, Courts Crime, civil suit, negligence, Road Transport Department

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