FOR Lew Der Torng, 29, the term lightning strikes twice would be ringing in his ears for a very long time.
On Jan 13, he got a call from a mechanic claiming that his car met with an accident in Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur but at the time, he was actually at his shop in Gerik and his car was there too.
Realising that something was amiss, he lodged a police report in Gerik claiming that somebody was misusing his car number plate and a few days later, he got a call saying that the suspect was arrested.
Two months later, Lew received another call and this time, he was told his car was involved in a three-car accident in Kuala Lumpur.
The owner of the workshop asked if he had lent his car to anyone but when Leow said no, the mechanic discovered that the car grant and identification card used had been forged.
Lew immediately lodged a report in Ipoh and urged the police to look for the perpetrators, as he feared that his personal details would be used for illegal activities.
Speaking to reporters at the Perak DAP headquarters, Lew sought the help of public complaints bureau chief Stephen Chaw on the matter.
“For both cases, the cars were using my number plate.
“I don’t know how this is happening. When I found out about the fake documents, I was afraid because these perpetrators might use them for other unsavoury reasons,” said Lew to reporters.
Chaw said the mechanic in the second case took photos of the documents and sent them to him.
“Based on the photos, we knew the documents had been forged.
“The identification card looks fake because the photo was cropped.
“I will be submitting this document to the inspector in charge of this case.
“I hope the matter will be resolved. I would like to remind workshop owners to check details of each vehicle that comes in and if they find something amiss, please call the owners to check,” said Chaw.