JOHOR BARU: All foreign-registered vehicles coming into Malaysia will soon require a vehicle entry permit (VEP) on top of paying RM20 for the Road Charge (RC), says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The Transport Minister added that the RC, which is currently imposed on vehicles entering the country from Singapore, would also apply to the northern border with Thailand either by the end of this year or early next year.
Liow also said the VEP would cost RM25 and would be valid for five years.
“We will implement the VEP and the RC at border entries between Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia for cars coming into Sarawak from the two countries at a later stage,” he said.
Liow said foreign vehicle owners paying for the VEP would be issued with a Radio Frequency Indentifi-cation (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshield of their vehicles.
“The VEP will help us to identify the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car theft and car cloning syndicates,” he said after attending an inauguration ceremony at the Fong Guang Shan Malaysia Hsingma Si education centre in Taman Sutera Utama here yesterday.
He added that the RFID tag could eventually be used to pay the RC as well, as an alternative to the Touch ‘n Go system.
The RC, which costs RM20 per entry per vehicle, was implemented at the Johor Causeway here and the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah in November 2016.
Earlier in his speech, the MCA president said that religion should never be used to create unnecessary conflict.
“Extremists in the country could create chaos and disharmony among our multiracial and multi-religious society,” he said.
Liow urged Malaysians not to take the country’s peace, unity and harmony for granted.