Seized luxury cars fill up Customs warehouses


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Sep 2003

THE warehouses of the Customs Department – used to store confiscated luxury cars – are running out of space as such vehicles have become the topmost target of smugglers, said a report in Utusan Malaysia

The department’s deputy director-general (operations) Abdul Rahman Abdul Hamid said the department seized three to four luxury cars daily nationwide. 

“The more popular cars are the BMW, Mercedes Benz, Honda Civic, Ferrari and Rover,” he said in an interview with the Malay daily on Sunday.  

He said the department would auction off the vehicles in stages to cope with the storage problem.  

He said the second most popular smuggled goods were clove cigarettes or rokok kretek, followed by liquor and rice.  

Abdul Rahman said Johor used to be the “hotspot” for car smuggling but entry points to bring in the cars have now spread to other locations.  

He said in some cases, imported cars were brought in through the proper channels by racketeers who gave false information. 

“We are working with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to address this critical problem. The Customs Investigating Unit is also compiling data to cripple these smuggling rings,” he said, adding that the department would meet JPJ officials on Monday to work out a formula to smash the illegal activities.  

He said one of the many factors that resulted in the high demand for clove cigarettes was due to the Indonesian workers here. 

Berita Harian reported a new tactic of siphoning money from bank accounts through Internet banking facilities.  

The report said those behind this new syndicate would send fake e-mails using the bank’s website logo and name to Internet bank users to seek their passwords. 

According to the report, the e-mail would inform the user that the bank was upgrading its security system and requested the users to activate their accounts through a given website address.  

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