KUALA LUMPUR: More information is being sought by the International Trade and Industry Ministry over the issuance of 36 new Approved Permits (AP) to an alleged dormant company, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
The issue was raised by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam) when deputy minister Dr Ong Kian Ming was replying to issues on the APs raised by lawmakers during debates on the Royal Address.
"There was a revelation (by Malaysiakini) that stated a company that was not yet qualified was given APs.
"The deputy minister said it will be investigated, but it shows that APs were given without due diligence," said Dr Wee.
He added that the matter was being probed only after complaints were raised by lawmakers.
Dr Ong had acknowledged that there were complaints of some companies selling off their APs with regard to high-end imported or reconditioned cars.
He said that his ministry is currently seeking more information from the companies.
"If the companies do not respond within seven days, their applications will not be considered," he said.
As of 2018, Dr Ong there were 533,202 passenger vehicles sold of which only 28,316 new open APs issued or 5% of the total number vehicles sold.
He said that 164 companies were issued APs this year out of the 283 companies which had applied for them.