KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested seven people suspected to be runners who helped obtain road tax for smuggled vehicles.
It is learnt they also helped obtain approval for customers whose vehicles were subject to compulsory inspection by Puspakom and JPJ.
It is also believed that the syndicate had assisted in processing documents for accident cases, kereta potong and changing of engine capacity which did not fulfill approved specifications.
The arrests were made in Manjung, Taiping, Batu Gajah Prima and Ipoh in Perak between 8.30am and 2.50pm on Sunday. The age of those arrested were between 30 and 50 years old.
The case was confirmed by MACC deputy director Datuk Shukri Abdull but he declined to elaborate.
The MACC had been tracking the activities of the syndicate members for a month.
It culminated with the arrest of 14 individuals including two enforcement officers, middlemen and insurance agents.
The syndicate had been largely operating in Pahang and Perak and had inside help from the JPJ.
Since the arrest, the MACC found and sealed 30 cars which had been made “legal” by the syndicate but the agency believes more vehicles are involved.
They managed to get Puspakom and JPJ inspection approval for vehicles, although the car owner or the vehicle were not there.
“Insurance agents would charge the owner a fee of RM100 to RM800 depending on the vehicle model type or difficulty involved in the job,” said an MACC source.