PORT KLANG: The state Customs Department has seized 20 luxury cars worth RM4.5mil from several used car dealers in the Klang Valley and Seremban in a crackdown against the illegal import of vehicles.
Customs director-general Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abdul Mutalib said the vehicles were illegally imported from a neighbouring country with the use of an approved permit (AP).
He said the importers made a false declaration, saying that the luxury cars were from Britain.
“An AP is required for the import of foreign vehicles into the country but it cannot be used for bringing in cars from a neighbouring country.
“The Government has stopped the import of vehicles from a neighbouring country to protect the local car industry and prevent Malaysia from becoming a dumping ground for disposing used cars,” he said yesterday after launching the department’s special squad to combat the sale of smuggled cigarettes at retail outlets.
By importing the cars from a neighbouring country, Abdul Halil said the “importers” could buy them at a lower price compared to those brought in from Britain.
State Customs director Datuk Wazir Muaz, who was also present at the function, said the vehicles were seized from outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Seremban during the first five months of the year.
Among the vehicles seized were models of the Mercedes Benz and BMW.
“Our investigations revealed that the cars were registered in a neighbouring country although they were declared as being from Britain,” he said.
He added that the importers would be charged with making a false declaration in an attempt to bring in imported cars into the country.