GURUN – A dentist lost the RM10,000 he paid as deposit for a car he did not know was a clone, until it was detained by the Kedah Road Transport Department (RTD) Tuesday.
The male doctor, in his 30s, was rushing back to Kuala Lumpur from Alor Setar with a friend to report for duty, when he was detained in an RTD operation at the Gurun R&R area at about 11 am.
He claimed that he had bought the Toyota Wish car online.
Kedah RTD director Amir Onn Mustapha said the offence under Section 7 of the Road Transport Act 1987 was punishable with a fine of not less than RM2,000 and not exceeding RM10,000.
“The car will be confiscated and we will obtain a court order to strip his rights to the car, and it will be auctioned off,” he told a news conference at the Gurun R&R area.
He said the features of a cloned car included an unregistered chassis number, while the shape of the lights and the road tax disc were different.
He advised individuals wanting to purchase cars to do their research first and have the car checked by PUSPAKOM so that they were not tricked into buying stolen or cloned cars.
In the joint operation from 8.30 am until noon, involving 169 personnel from 15 agencies, 60 summonses were issued for various offences including not possessing a driving licence, having tinted screens for their cars, and having registration numbers and lights which did not meet the specifications.
The agencies included the Land Public Transport Commission, Health Ministry and the Immigration Department.