KUALA LUMPUR: The smuggling of stolen vehicles from Malaysia to Thailand has recorded a 40% drop last year compared with the previous year, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said cooperation between the Royal Malaysia Police and their Thai counterparts has led to this success.
“We have cooperated closely on tackling various trans-border crimes, including the smuggling of stolen vehicles.
“Our joint efforts have led to a 40% reduction in smuggling activities through Thailand,” he told a press conference after launching the new Aseanapol headquarters at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat on Friday (Jan 12).
The IGP was commenting on the return of 20 stolen vehicles worth RM3mil by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok on Tuesday (Jan 9).
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd had said that Malaysian car-jacking syndicates have been using Thailand as a transit point to smuggle stolen vehicles into other regional countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
“The Royal Thai Police has since 2015 recovered more than 100 stolen Malaysian vehicles in the kingdom and handed them over to their Malaysian counterparts.
“Thailand is a transit country for Malaysia’s car-jacking syndicates,” he said.
He said that the police forces from both sides would step up their cooperation to bust vehicle theft syndicates in the two countries.
Comm Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said efforts were underway to track down the Malaysian leader of the syndicate.