JOHOR BARU – Johor police are investigating the use of Singapore’s written-off vehicles by some locals to fuel their criminal activities in the state and other parts of Malaysia.
To this effect, the state police will step up cooperation with their island republic counterparts to obtain a list of its written-off vehicles, says Johor police chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd.
“To date, three cases involving Singaporean written-off vehicles using false registration plates had been identified, whereby one of them was believed to have been used in crime.
“The police will increase road blocks and operations to unearth those using the written-off vehicles in Johor as we are sure many such written-off vehicles bearing false registration are being used in Johor.
He was speaking to reporters at the Johor police contingent headquarters here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said three men were detained in two separate locations in Segamat and Johor Baru on Saturday and Sunday for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
He said a 33-year-old was picked up at a cafe in KM9, Segamat-Kuantan Highway, Segamat on Saturday for having a pistol, 17 bullets and a 12-bore shotgun with 20 ammunition.
“The police discovered that an Audi car owned by the suspect was a written-off vehicle from Singapore and it bore number plates registered to a Proton Persona.
“While the suspect did not have previous criminal record, his urine tested positive for drugs.”
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said the other two suspects were detained at a roadblock in Kempas Baru, Johor Baru early this morning.
The duo, aged 39 and 48, were detained for possession of a home-made shotgun and six ammunition which were kept in a cloth bag.
The firearm was meant to hunt wild pigs, according to preliminary investigations, said Wan Ahmad Najmuddin.
He said the three suspects had been remanded for four days, beginning yesterday to facilitate investigations. â€” Bernama