Ring smuggling stolen cars from Malaysia to Batam

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Jul 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate is smuggling stolen Malaysian cars to Batam and the Malaysian police are working with their Indonesian counterparts to track it down. 

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee confirmed the existence of such a syndicate. 

“We will contact the Indonesian police to gain more information and to assist them if possible,” he said yesterday. 

He was asked about reports that six Malaysians had been arrested on Batam by Indonesian police in the biggest seizure of stolen cars from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. 

The reports quoted Riau Island police criminal investigations chief Senior Commissioner Basaria Panjaitan as saying that the Malaysians were arrested together with three Indonesians.  

More than 40 vehicles, which had been reported stolen as far north as Penang, were recovered from a Batam warehouse during the bust. 

Panjaitan said members of the syndicate would drive the stolen cars from Johor to Tuas Second Link to Singapore and into waiting containers at Jurong Port. 

“The cars were falsely declared in Customs papers as legal goods and left Jurong Port for Batam’s Batu Ampar port,” he added.  

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