JOHOR BAHARU – The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will set up a special action squad (SAS) this year to curb cases involving syndicates, including cloned cars.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the first phase involving 25 members in the squad, would begin soon, before increasing the number to 40 in future.
“As with other elite teams, the SAS will undergo three weeks of training with the respective parties to expose them to the use of firearms, self- defence, and on the modus operandi of syndicates.
“We want to ensure they (squad members) are better than the syndicates in all aspects,” he told reporters after a meeting with officers and members of the Johor JPJ, here, Friday.
At the meeting, 21 members and officers also received a certificate of appreciation each to commend their efforts in law enforcement. Meanwhile, Ismail was optimistic that cases involving syndicates of clone cars would be eradicated in the near future, as a number of initiatives had been taken to check the problem.
He said the initiatives included developing an information technology system that was integrated with insurance companies to ensure that all vehicles that were rated as “total loss” in Malaysia, were not registered again.
“Besides, I think by May, the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) will apply to all Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia.
“Currently, their vehicles are free to enter, and VEP will allow us to detect the cars which are not registered,” he said.
Since April last year, the department has seized a total of 917 luxury cloned vehicles sold for between RM20,000 and RM30,000 to Malaysians, in cash.
Ismail said in the latest case, police detained a local couple in their twenties, here, yesterday while both were planning to meet with a buyer.
“During the investigation, they confessed to having sold six cloned vehicles, but we believe they have sold more than that,” he said. – BERNAMA