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Friday August 29, 2008

Long, long wait at inspection centres in Johor

JOHOR BARU: A massive congestion took place at various Puspakom centres in the state where some drivers waited for hours to get their vehicles inspected.

Lorry driver Rosli Selamat said he had been waiting for three hours at the Puspakom centre in Taman Daya here and the queue was hardly moving.

Massive congestion: Some of the hundreds of lorries waiting for their turn to be inspected at the Puspakom centre in Johor Baru yesterday.

“Usually, I am here at about 10am and the inspection will be completed before lunch,” said the 38-year-old.

He said there would normally be four lanes open but he only saw two Puspakom staff manning the lanes yesterday.

Another lorry driver, K. Nadarajan, said he heard that the service was slow because Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) officers were there.

For Halifah Mohd Yunus, who drives regularly to Singapore, the wait was more difficult than queuing at the causeway.

“I do not know if I will get my turn today because my assigned number is 595 and I am still lining up far away from the centre,” he said.

A check at the Muar Puspakom in Parit Bakar also revealed similar congestion.

According to a senior Puspakom officer, about five workers did not turn up for work, adding that rumours of a boycott or protest by the staff were untrue.

There are four Puspakom centres in Johor, one each in Muar and Kluang and two in Johor Baru.

Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners’ Association president Er Sui See said Puspakom chief executive officer Datuk Salamat Wahit should be held responsible for corrupt practices of the staff and resign for corrupt practices at its computerised vehicle inspection centres.

He said the CEO, who had been serving Puspakom for many years, failed to curb the practices despite complaints from many parties.

He urged the Government to remove the monopoly on Puspakom and allow more companies to operate such inspection centres,

Er said in Thailand there were more than 2,000 authorised workshops to carry out inspection on smaller vehicles while heavy vehicles were inspected by the its Land Transport Authority.

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