Owners given one month to surrender stolen luxury cars


  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Dec 2003

BY MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR

PUTRAJAYA: Those who bought stolen luxury cars from a syndicate busted in Port Klang recently have been warned to surrender their vehicles. 

Customs Department director-general Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abdul Mutalib said the owners had been given one month to surrender the cars.  

“Fifteen cars have not been surrendered by the individual owners.  

“I think the vehicles are being hidden somewhere. The period is almost over, failing which if they are found on the road, we will stop them,” he told reporters at the department’s Hari Raya open house here yesterday. 

A syndicate which imported 77 luxury cars worth about RM46mil using forged documents was busted last month.  

A British businessman has been charged in the Sessions Court with 33 counts of offences under the Customs Act, including evading RM1.8mil in duties pertaining to six luxury cars and forging customs forms and rubber stamps. 

On Customs officers being investigated following the discovery of the syndicate, Abdul Halil said the department was in the process of taking action. 

“There are a lot of procedures to be followed.  

“These officers have been put in another section and they are not carrying out the same duties. 

“We will take the appropriate action which will be determined by a panel,” he said without elaborating. 

Asked whether the department would be more vigilant following the incident, Abdul Halil replied:  

“We have always been vigilant. (There is) no need for new measures.”  

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