MALACCA: The “tontos” are riding off into the sunset and have started looking for new jobs.
A 32-year-old former tonto from Putrajaya said many of those who used to be actively involved as informers are now out of work.
“Only a few remain. Most are operating along the North-South Expressway and trunk roads between Nilai and Putrajaya as well as in Johor,” he said in an interview at a hotel here yesterday.
He said he became a restaurant supervisor two years ago as the commissions he received as a tonto were getting too small.
He admitted that truck drivers were now using all sorts of apps on their smartphones to stay informed on the locations of roadblocks.
Apart from that, he said truck drivers also shared information on roadblocks and other enforcement operations.
He said any one person with information on roadblocks could disseminate it to many others and drivers would normally find alternative routes.
“Truck drivers are united in trying to evade getting into trouble with the authorities. They will tell each other of any enforcement operations,” he added.
He said tontos were only in demand by those involved in transporting smuggled items as they needed somebody to check the routes ahead so they could get off the highway or use alternative routes.
“From what I heard, tontos are still popular along the borders of Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis,” he said.
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